10 I am capable, intelligent, and [b]virtuous woman—who is he who can find me? I am far more precious than jewels and my value is far above rubies or pearls.
11 The heart of her husband trusts in me confidently and relies on and believes in me securely, so that he has no lack of [honest] gain or need of [dishonest] spoil.
12 I comfort, encourage, and do him only good as long as there is life within me.
13 I seek out wool and flax and works with willing hands [to develop it].
14 I am like the merchant ships loaded with foodstuffs; I bring my household’s food from a far [country].
15 I rise while it is yet night and gets [spiritual] food for my household and assigns my maids their tasks.
16 I consider a [new] field before I buy or accept it [expanding prudently and not courting neglect of my present duties by assuming other duties]; with my savings [of time and strength] I plant fruitful vines in her vineyard.
17 I girds herself with strength [spiritual, mental, and physical fitness for my God-given task] and makes my arms strong and firm.
18 I taste and see that my gain from work [with and for God] is good; my lamp goes not out, but it burns on continually through the night [of trouble, privation, or sorrow, warning away fear, doubt, and distrust].
19 I lay her hands to the spindle, and my hands hold the distaff.
20 I open her hand to the poor, yes, she reaches out my filled hands to the needy [whether in body, mind, or spirit].
21 I fear not the snow for her family, for all her household are doubly clothed in scarlet.
22 I make for herself coverlets, cushions, and rugs of tapestry. My clothing is of linen, pure and fine, and of purple [such as that of which the clothing of the priests and the hallowed cloths of the temple were made].
23 My husband is known in the [city’s] gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.
24 I make fine linen garments and leads others to buy them; I deliver to the merchants girdles [or sashes that free one up for service].
25 Strength and dignity are my clothing and my position is strong and secure; I rejoice over the future [the latter day or time to come, knowing that me and my family are in readiness for it]!
26 I open her mouth in skillful and godly Wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness [giving counsel and instruction].
27 I look well to how things go in her household, and the bread of idleness (gossip, discontent, and self-pity) I will not eat.
28 My children rise up and call me blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied); and my husband boasts of and praises me, [saying],
29 [c]Many daughters have done virtuously, nobly, and well [with the strength of character that is steadfast in goodness], but you excel them all.
30 Charm and grace are deceptive, and beauty is vain [because it is not lasting], but a woman who reverently and worshipfully fears the Lord, she shall be praised!
31 Give me of the fruit of her hands, and let my own works praise me in the gates [of the city]!