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Her children stand up and call her blessed, and her husband praises her:

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Her children will stand to defend her and proclaim that she is blessed and is a blessing, and her husband praises her publicly, saying,



The basic meaning communicated by this verse as a whole is: “her children call her blessed and her husband praises her.” There is only one “and” in the second part of this verse, therefore it was a reach beyond the original text for the KJV to say, “her husband also, and he praises her.” However, to praise someone and to bless someone were similar concepts, making this a form of parallelism.

The paraphrase column says “praises her publicly” because this word implies something loud and public. When I was in college I set out to write a paper on the difference between public praise and private praise. To my surprise, I found that there is no such thing in the Bible as private praise. There are other things we can do quietly and privately, such as praying, and even thanking God, but praising is always public. The word’s basic meaning is “to shine” and it can be rendered “to shout, to glorify, to praise, to celebrate, to boast.”