Proverbs 31:15

15 She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.

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Proverbs 31:15 in Other Translations

KJV
15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
ESV
15 She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens.
NLT
15 She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.
MSG
15 She's up before dawn, preparing breakfast for her family and organizing her day.
CSB
15 She rises while it is still night and provides food for her household and portions for her servants.

Proverbs 31:15 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 31:15

She riseth also while it is yet night
That is, before the ascent of the morning, as Aben Ezra explains it, before break of day; a great while before day, as Christ is said to rise to pray, ( Mark 1:35 ) ; while it was yet dark; so the church here: which shows her affection for her family, her care of her children, and fervent zeal for her husband's interest and good; a different frame of spirit this from that of hers in ( Song of Solomon 5:2 Song of Solomon 5:3 ) ; and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens;
in allusion to a daily stated allowance F17 of food given to such; and spiritually may be meant, by her "household" or family, the same with the family of Christ, that is named of himself, which consists of various persons, fathers, young men, and children; and by her "maidens" the ministers of the word; see ( Proverbs 9:3 ) ; who are stewards in the family, and have the food for it put into their hands to dispense; it is by these the church gives meat to her household feeds them with knowledge and understanding, with the wholesome words of Christ, with the good doctrines of the Gospel; these have a certain portion given them, and they rightly cut and divide the word of truth, and give to everyone their portion of meat in due season, according to their age and circumstances; milk indeed to babes and meat to strong men; see ( Luke 12:42 ) . The Targum renders the word for "portion [by] service": understanding not a portion of food, but of work, a task set them, and so the word is used in ( Exodus 5:14 ) . The Septuagint, Syriac, and Arabic versions, render it, "works", which may be very well applied to the work and service of the Gospel ministry, and the several parts of it.


FOOTNOTES:

F17 "Gauldetque diurnos, ut famulae, praebere cibos", Claudian. de Bello Gild. v. 71, 72.

Proverbs 31:15 In-Context

13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
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