The Myth of the "Virtuous" Woman: Misogyny in Translation

   Concerning the "Proverbs 31 Woman," the Hebrew text (TR/RT) paints a very different picture of who this woman is than English translations do. 
   She (the Proverbs-31-Woman and, by extension, all women) is very much a victim of gender-biased-English-translation-theology. And while most translators, today, know better; they continue to portray her as less than she is by mistranslating and/or loading the language. 
    Who can find a woman of chayil [valor] for her price is far above rubies[1] 

Proverbs 31:10

[1] Chayil H2428 means: Valor, Strength, or Might. The word chayil is mistranslated as “virtuous” only three times in the Hebrew text; each of these mistranslations is deliberate due to translator bias against women—misogyny—and not in just ancient translations. Modern translators continue to add to and take away from the Word of God in respect to the word, chayil, but only when it is associated with women. Other than misogyny, there is no lingual or textual reason to translate the Hebrew word, Chayil, as virtuous. The woman of chayil, is a woman of strength and valor.

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