31:14 She is like 1 the merchant ships; 2
she brings her food from afar.
31:24 She makes linen garments 3 and sells them,
and supplies the merchants 4 with sashes.
1 tn The first word of the fifth line begins with ה (he), the fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
2 sn The point of the simile is that she goes wherever she needs to go, near and far, to gather in all the food for the needs and the likes of the family. The line captures the vision and the industry of this woman.
3 tn The first word of the fifteenth line begins with ס (samek), the fifteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
sn The poet did not think it strange or unworthy for a woman of this stature to be a businesswoman engaged in an honest trade. In fact, weaving of fine linens was a common trade for women in the ancient world.
4 tn Heb “to the Canaanites.” These are the Phoenician traders that survived the wars and continued to do business down to the exile.