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Proverbs 14:1 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Every wise woman buildeth her house; But the foolish plucketh it down with her own hands.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish tears it down with her own hands.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— The wisdom of women buildeth their house; but folly plucketh it down with her hands.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Every, wise woman, buildeth up her house, but, a foolish one, with her own hands, would break it down.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Every wise woman hath builded her house, And the foolish with her hands breaketh it down.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— A wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish will pull down with her hands that also which is built.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Euery wise woman buildeth her house; but the foolish plucketh it downe with her hands.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Wise women build houses: but a foolish one digs [hers] down with her hands.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Every wise 2454
{2454} Prime
Collateral forms of H2451; wisdom.
woman 802
{0802} Prime
The first form is the feminine of H0376 or H0582; the second form is an irregular plural; a woman (used in the same wide sense as H0582).
buildeth 1129
{1129} Prime
A primitive root; to build (literally and figuratively).
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
her house: 1004
{1004} Prime
Probably from H1129 abbreviated; a house (in the greatest variation of applications, especially family, etc.).
but the foolish 200
{0200} Prime
From the same as H0191; silliness.
plucketh it down 2040
{2040} Prime
A primitive root; to pull down or in pieces, break, destroy.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
with her hands. 3027
{3027} Prime
A primitive word; a hand (the open one (indicating power, means, direction, etc.), in distinction from H3709, the closed one); used (as noun, adverb, etc.) in a great variety of applications, both literally and figuratively, both proximate and remote.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 14:1

_ _ Every wise, etc. — literally, “The wisdoms” (compare Proverbs 9:1) “of women,” plural, a distributive form of speech.

_ _ buildeth ... house — increases wealth, which the foolish, by mismanagement, lessen.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 14:1

_ _ Note, 1. A good wife is a great blessing to a family. By a fruitful wife a family is multiplied and replenished with children, and so built up. But by a prudent wife, one that is pious, industrious, and considerate, the affairs of the family are made to prosper, debts are paid, portions raised, provision made, the children well educated and maintained, and the family has comfort within doors and credit without; thus is the house built. She looks upon it as her own to take care of, though she knows it is her husband's to bear rule in, Esther 1:22. 2. Many a family is brought to ruin by ill housewifery, as well as by ill husbandry. A foolish woman, that has no fear of God nor regard to her business, that is wilful, and wasteful, and humoursome, that indulges her ease and appetite, and is all for jaunting and feasting, cards and the play-house, though she come to a plentiful estate, and to a family beforehand, she will impoverish and waste it, and will as certainly be the ruin of her house as if she plucked it down with her hands; and the husband himself, with all his care, can scarcely prevent it.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 14:1

Buildeth — Maintains and improves her family and estate. Her hands — By her idleness or sin.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Proverbs 14:1

Every wise woman (a) buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.

(a) That is, takes pains to profit her family, and to do that which concerns her duty in her house.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 24:3-4 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: ... And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
Proverbs 31:10-31 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price [is] far above rubies. ... Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
Ruth 4:11 And all the people that [were] in the gate, and the elders, said, [We are] witnesses. The LORD make the woman that is come into thine house like Rachel and like Leah, which two did build the house of Israel: and do thou worthily in Ephratah, and be famous in Bethlehem:

the foolish:

Proverbs 9:13-15 A foolish woman [is] clamorous: [she is] simple, and knoweth nothing. ... To call passengers who go right on their ways:
Proverbs 19:13 A foolish son [is] the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife [are] a continual dropping.
Proverbs 21:9 [It is] better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.
Proverbs 21:19 [It is] better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.
1 Kings 16:31 And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him.
1 Kings 21:24-25 Him that dieth of Ahab in the city the dogs shall eat; and him that dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat. ... But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up.
2 Kings 11:1 And when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal.
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