BBB blogger Peter Kirk will be married on Saturday to a lady he says is “the most beautiful woman in the world.” The Bible says his bride is a gift from God, “a man’s greatest treasure” (CEV). As my wedding present to Peter and Lorenza, I will quote from several translations of Proverbs 18:22.
Peter, I wish you and Lorenza many joyful years together. Mazel tov!
A man’s greatest treasure
is his wife—she is a gift from the LORD. (CEV)
The man who finds a wife finds a treasure,
and he receives favor from the LORD. (NLT)
When a man finds a wife, he finds something good.
It shows that the LORD is pleased with him. (NCV)
The one who finds a a wife finds what is enjoyable,
and receives a pleasurable gift from the LORD. (NET)
He who finds a wife finds a good thing
and obtains favor from the LORD. (ESV)
He who finds a wife finds what is good
and receives favor from the LORD (NIV, TNIV)
A man who finds a wife finds a good thing
and obtains favor from the LORD. (HCSB)
Whoever finds a wife finds what is good,
and receives favor from the LORD. (ISV)
If any of you would like to comment on any of these translations or add another one, or add your own wishes to Peter and Lorenza, feel free to do so.
10 thoughts on “a man’s greatest treasure”
Putting aside what is technically correct, I like HCSB and ESV rendering of “a good thing” just because it sounds hip. And “treasure” and “enjoyable”? Also true…but a good thing covers it all.
Peter, enjoy your new wife, treasure her because she is good thing from the Lord! 😉
Perhaps for more British flavour, the REB:
and the NEB:
Congratulations Peter. What a great thing God has created (marriage) and you get to participate in it.
Peter and Lorenza, my best wishes to you both.
Whoever finds a wife finds something good
and has obtained favor from the Lord. (God’s Word)
Congratulations, Peter and Lorenza. May God richly bless you in your life together as husband and wife.
Because you do read this:
ὃς εὗρεν γυναῖκα ἀγαθήν, εὗρεν χάριτας,
ἔλαβεν δὲ παρὰ θεοῦ ἱλαρότητα.
מָצָא אִשָּׁה מָצָא טֹוב וַיָּפֶק רָצֹון מֵיְהוָה׃
Blessings to you both for years to come!
Every blessing and best wishes to you both.
I guess we can expect a flood of Song of Songs blogposts.
Thanks! Only just seen this. Lorenza and I really appreciate all your wishes.