And [thou shalt have] goats' milk enough for thy food
The word for "goats", in ( Proverbs 27:26 ) , signifies he goats, which were sold to buy fields, pay servants or rent, or purchase the necessaries of life; and this here signifies she goats, which were kept for their milk; and which was daily used for food in some countries, and is still in use for the same purpose in some parts of our kingdoms; and in medicine it has been preferred by some physicians above others, next to the milk of women F23: and the diligent husbandman is promised not only plenty of this his own eating, at least a sufficiency of it, but for his family; for the food of thy household;
his wife and children: and [for] maintenance for thy maidens:
or "the lives" F24 of them, on which they should live; for, though menservants might require strong meat yet the maidens might live upon milk; besides, Athenaeus F25 speaks of most delicious cheese made of goats' milk, called "tromilicus". The design of the whole is to show that a man diligent in his business shall have a sufficiency for himself and his family; and, though it may be but the meaner sort of food and clothing he may get, yet, having food and raiment, he should therewith be content.