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Proverbs 31


The Words of Lemuel

Proverbs 31:1   The words of King Lemuel, the oracle which his mother taught him:
Proverbs 31:2   What, O my son? And what, O son of my womb? And what, O son of my vows?
Proverbs 31:3   Do not give your strength to women, Or your ways to that which destroys kings.
Proverbs 31:4   It is not for kings, O Lemuel, It is not for kings to drink wine, Or for rulers to desire strong drink,
Proverbs 31:5   For they will drink and forget what is decreed, And pervert the rights of all the afflicted.
Proverbs 31:6   Give strong drink to him who is perishing, And wine to him whose life is bitter.
Proverbs 31:7   Let him drink and forget his poverty And remember his trouble no more.
Proverbs 31:8   Open your mouth for the mute, For the rights of all the unfortunate.
Proverbs 31:9   Open your mouth, judge righteously, And defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.

Description of a Worthy Woman

Proverbs 31:10   An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels.
Proverbs 31:11   The heart of her husband trusts in her, And he will have no lack of gain.
Proverbs 31:12   She does him good and not evil All the days of her life.
Proverbs 31:13   She looks for wool and flax And works with her hands in delight.
Proverbs 31:14   She is like merchant ships; She brings her food from afar.
Proverbs 31:15   She rises also while it is still night And gives food to her household And portions to her maidens.
Proverbs 31:16   She considers a field and buys it; From her earnings she plants a vineyard.
Proverbs 31:17   She girds herself with strength And makes her arms strong.
Proverbs 31:18   She senses that her gain is good; Her lamp does not go out at night.
Proverbs 31:19   She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her hands grasp the spindle.
Proverbs 31:20   She extends her hand to the poor, And she stretches out her hands to the needy.
Proverbs 31:21   She is not afraid of the snow for her household, For all her household are clothed with scarlet.
Proverbs 31:22   She makes coverings for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
Proverbs 31:23   Her husband is known in the gates, When he sits among the elders of the land.
Proverbs 31:24   She makes linen garments and sells them, And supplies belts to the tradesmen.
Proverbs 31:25   Strength and dignity are her clothing, And she smiles at the future.
Proverbs 31:26   She opens her mouth in wisdom, And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
Proverbs 31:27   She looks well to the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Proverbs 31:28   Her children rise up and bless her; Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:
Proverbs 31:29   "Many daughters have done nobly, But you excel them all."
Proverbs 31:30   Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
Proverbs 31:31   Give her the product of her hands, And let her works praise her in the gates.
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