Monday, January 9, 2012

Common English Bible, Part 3 (With Giveaway)

I only had one entry with my first giveaway, so that's why I haven't had one every week like I had planned. I'm going to have one more, though, just in case there's any of you that missed the last one.

If you'd like a chance to win a paperback Common English Bible, just leave a comment. Make sure I have a way to contact you. This is for U.S. only.

For this week I'm going to compare the CEB and NKJV translations of Proverbs 31: 10-31
(CEB-The Competent Wife) or (NKJV-The Virtuous Wife)

(10)A competent wife; how does one find her? Her value is far above pearls.
(11)Her husband entrusts his heart to her, and with her he will have all her needs.
(12)She brings him good and not trouble all the days of her life.
(13)she seeks out wool and flax; she works joyfully with her hands.
(14)She is like a fleet of merchant ships; bringing food from a distance.
(15) She gets up while it is still night, providing food for her household, even some for her female servants.
(16)She surveys a field and acquires it; from her own resources, she plants a vineyard.
(17)She works energetically; her arms are powerful.
(18)She realizes that her trading is successful; she doesn't put out her lamp at night.
(19)She puts her hands to the spindle, her palms grasp the whorl.
(20)She reaches out to the needy; she stretches out her hands to the poor.
(21)She doesn't fear for her household when it snows because they are all dressed in warm clothes.
(22)She make bedspreads for herself; fine linen and purple are her clothing.
(23)Her husband is known in the city gates when he sits with the elders of the land.
(24)She makes garments and sells them; she supplies sashes to traders.
(25)Strength and honor are her clothing; she is confident about the future.
(26) Her mouth is full of wisdom; kindly teaching is on her tongue.
(27)She is vigilant over the activities of her household; she doesn't eat the food of laziness.
(28)Her children bless her; her husband praises her.
(29)"Many women act competently, but you surpass them all!"
(30)Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
(31)Let her share in the results of her work; let her deeds praise her in the city gates.

(10)Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies.
(11)The heart of her husband safely trusts her, so he will have no lack of gain.
(12)She does him good and not evil all the days of her life.
(13)She seeks wool and flax, and willingly works with her hands.
(14)She is like the merchant ships, she brings her food from afar.
(15)She also rises while it is yet night, and provides food for her household, and a portion for her maidservants.
(16)She considers a field and buys it; from her profits she plants a vineyard.
(17)She girds herself with strength, and strengthens her arms.
(18)She perceives that her merchandise is good, and her lamp does not go out by night.
((19)She stretches out her hands to the distaff, and her hand holds the spindle.
(20)she extends her hand to the poor, Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
(21)She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household is clothed with scarlet.
(22)She makes tapestry for herself, her clothing is fine linen and purple.
(23)Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.
(24)She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies sashes for the merchants.
(25)Strength and honor are her clothing; she shall rejoice in time to come.
(26)She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness.
(27)She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.
(28)Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.
(29)"Many daughters have done well, but you excel them all."
(30)Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
(31)Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates.

Don't forget to leave a comment with a way to contact you for a chance to win a paperback Common English Bible. U.S. only. I'll pick a winner early next Monday morning.


  1. I think I prefer the CEB over the NKJV, at least regarding this passage. Also, I'd definitely be interested in entering your giveaway. I'm ashamed to say that my Bible was misplaced when my husband and I moved.

    Thanks for offering such a great giveaway! ~Mary Beth

  2. I like the comparison of these passages!

  3. My father-in-law has been tell me about this translation. It's always great to have different translation, so you can compare. I think help you learn God's Word better.