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Eishes Chayil

Eishes Chayil

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Transliteration

Eshet chayil mee yimtza
Verachok mi’pninim michra
Batach ba lev baala
Veshalal lo yechsar

Gemelat’hu tov velo ra,
Kol yemay chayeha
Darsha tzemer ufishtim,
Vatas bechefetz kapeha

Hayta ka’aniyot socher,
Memerchak tavee lachma
Vatakem be’od layla,
Vateeten teref levayta vechok lenaroteha

Zamema sadeh vatikacheyhu,
Mepree chapeha nata karem
Chagra b’oz matneha,
Vateametz zro’oteha

Ta’ama kee tov sachra,
Lo yichbe balayla neyra
Yadeha shilcha bekishor,
Vechapeha tamchu falech

Kapa parsa le’ani,
Veyadeha shilcha le’evyon
Lo tira levayta meshaleg,
Kee chol vayta lavush shanim

Marvadim as’ta la,
Shesh várgaman levusha
Noda bashearim ba’la,
Beshivto im ziknei aretz

Sadin as’ta vatimkor,
Vachagor natna laknani
Oz vehadar levusha,
Vatischak leyom acharon

Piha patcha bechachma,
Vetorat chesed al leshona
Tzofiya halichot bayta,
Velechem atzlut lo tocheil

Kamu vaneha vay’ashruha,
Bala vayehal’la
Rabot banot asu chayil,
V’at alit al kulana

Sheker hachen,
Vehevel hayofi,
Isha yirat A-donay,
He tit’halal

Tnu la
Mipri yadeha, Vi’yhaleluha bashearim maseha

Translation:

A woman of valor, who can find? Far beyond pearls is her value. Her husband's heart trusts in her and he shall lack no fortune

She repays his good, but never his harm, all the days of her life. She seeks out wool and linen, and her hands work willingly

She is like a merchant's ships; from afar she brings her sustenance She rises while it is still nighttime, and gives food to her household and a ration to her maids

She considers a field and buys it; from the fruit of her handiwork she plants a vineyard. She girds her loins with might and strengthens her arms

She senses that her enterprise is good, so her lamp is not extinguished at night. She puts her hand to the distaff, and her palms support the spindle

She spreads out her palm to the poor and extends her hands to the destitute. She fears not snow for her household, for her entire household is clothed with scarlet wool

Bedspreads she makes herself; linen and purple wool are her clothing. Well-known at the gates is her husband as he sits with the elders of the land
Garments she makes and sells, and she delivers a belt to the peddler. Strength and splendor are her clothing, and smilingly she awaits her last day

She opens her mouth with Wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She anticipates the needs of her household, and the bread of idleness, she does not eat

Her children rise and celebrate her; and her husband, he praises her: "Many daughters have attained valor, but you have surpassed them all."

False is grace, and vain is beauty; a G‑d-fearing woman, she should be praised.

Give her the fruit of her hands, and she will be praised at the gates by her very own deeds.

Music by Zalman Goldstein; Vocals by Chaim Fogelman
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Mark Usry Georgia March 9, 2017

My oh my what a wonderful song Solomon mentions her in Proverbs think the writers' of Cosmo should examine these verses more closely Reply

Anonymous March 5, 2017

Amen! Love this beautiful song :) Thanks for posting! Reply

B July 19, 2016

I do feel inadequate when this song is sung - truthfully it gives me the guilt trip because I'm no where near anything as idealistic. But I struggle with idealism versus realism or practicality. but it's hard to accept myself when I know how far away I am from everything written in this song. On the other hand I do know that when I do my best then that's my being as great as Moshe Rabeinu- ie he used his full talents and strengths and when I do too then I'm doing as best as he did. So I have to keep reminding myself of this. Thanks for this discussion that allowed me to clear this for me once again! Reply

Alizah Hochstead Efrat, Israel July 14, 2015

I sit across from my husband Friday night and look forward to him singing praises of the past week. Just wish he knew the melody my grandfather sang in the early 50's. But no one seems to have the previous melody Reply

Thomas Salado Collingswood July 13, 2015

How do women feel about this song? Does it make them feel inadequate and lacking of something? How would I feel about women singing such praise about men? How would most men feel? What does our law say about men? Why? Reply

Samantha Leon Dumfries July 8, 2015

To Chanale in England, you can print blank sheet music off the Internet and set it to music yourself. Just be sure to get copyright permissions. Reply

Alizah Hochstead Efrat, Israel June 28, 2015

What is the original negun sung by Chabad Reply

Anonymous Passaic February 1, 2015

Wasn't this composed by Benzion Shenker? Reply

chaya June 8, 2014

this really helped me study for my final Reply

Chanale England March 25, 2014

It's quite nice but I have been looking for a long time for the music notes for this tune of eishes chayil.
Does anyone know where I can find it? Reply

Anonymous London, UK January 24, 2012

Beautifully sung but why say 'Adoshem' when mentioning Hashem's name. You should say 'Hashem.' Reply

Rochel Chein for chabad.org August 23, 2011

At the conclusion of the week, every man takes a moment to reflect and be thankful for all his wife has done for him and the entire household throughout the past week.

In addition, we learn from the mystical tradition that this poem is also a reference to the "Shabbat Queen," the spiritual soul-mate of the Jewish nation. Reply

Anonymous bklyn, NY August 21, 2011

I'm just wondering what kind of song is this? I didn't really know what it meant-but now I'm so confused-why are we singing this on the shabbat table? About the care a wife gives???? Reply

B kives July 22, 2011

Hi very nice song of king of Solomon Reply

Adam Cedar Rapids, IA February 15, 2011

This nice and slow version will really help me master the Hebrew!

I've downloaded several versions of Eishet Chayil which are very nice for listening, but too fast for learning.

Until then, we'll keep reciting it in English at the shabbat table. Reply

Anonymous ny May 26, 2010

This realy helped me with my bat-mitzva thanks soo much!!! Reply

Anonymous chicago, IL March 23, 2010

my family has been looking for a certain tune to eshet chayil since the summer. we looked on so many different sights and couldnt find anything. while i was looking for ideas for my bas-mitzvah speech and i found this i screamed to my mother "mommy i found an audio to eshet cayil!" we were very excited. thank you for putting this on. Reply

DC Jessup Seattle, WA March 12, 2010

... is captured in this song. Whether or not we have husbands and children, this beautiful song connects me with the core of feminine energy. I so appreciate these songs. Thank you! Reply

Anonymous new york, ny January 3, 2010

I sit at a Shabbos table every single week, and having been a singer in my "pre-baal teshuva" life I feel so left out when zemirot, especially this beautiful one, is sung. I desperately want to sing along, but cannot manage to learn it by singing it weekly with a group. I am listening to this recording over and over and learning it. Thank you so much. Reply

Angelica Brewer July 2, 2009

Inspiring music, it makes me want to dance very very much...
Peace. Reply