Proverbs 31
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1The words of King Lemuel, the oracle which his mother taught him:1The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him:
2What, O my son? And what, O son of my womb? And what, O son of my vows?2What are you doing, my son? What are you doing, son of my womb? What are you doing, son of my vows?
3Do not give your strength to women, Or your ways to that which destroys kings.3Do not give your strength to women, your ways to those who destroy kings.
4It is not for kings, O Lemuel, It is not for kings to drink wine, Or for rulers to desire strong drink,4It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to take strong drink,
5For they will drink and forget what is decreed, And pervert the rights of all the afflicted.5lest they drink and forget what has been decreed and pervert the rights of all the afflicted.
6Give strong drink to him who is perishing, And wine to him whose life is bitter.6Give strong drink to the one who is perishing, and wine to those in bitter distress;
7Let him drink and forget his poverty And remember his trouble no more.7let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.
8Open your mouth for the mute, For the rights of all the unfortunate.8Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute.
9Open your mouth, judge righteously, And defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.9Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.
10An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels.10An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.
11The heart of her husband trusts in her, And he will have no lack of gain.11The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain.
12She does him good and not evil All the days of her life.12She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.
13She looks for wool and flax And works with her hands in delight.13She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands.
14She is like merchant ships; She brings her food from afar.14She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar.
15She rises also while it is still night And gives food to her household And portions to her maidens.15She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens.
16She considers a field and buys it; From her earnings she plants a vineyard.16She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17She girds herself with strength And makes her arms strong.17She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong.
18She senses that her gain is good; Her lamp does not go out at night.18She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night.
19She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her hands grasp the spindle.19She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle.
20She extends her hand to the poor, And she stretches out her hands to the needy.20She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy.
21She is not afraid of the snow for her household, For all her household are clothed with scarlet.21She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet.
22She makes coverings for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple.22She makes bed coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23Her husband is known in the gates, When he sits among the elders of the land.23Her husband is known in the gates when he sits among the elders of the land.
24She makes linen garments and sells them, And supplies belts to the tradesmen.24She makes linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchant.
25Strength and dignity are her clothing, And she smiles at the future.25Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.
26She opens her mouth in wisdom, And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.26She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27She looks well to the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness.27She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28Her children rise up and bless her; Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:28Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
29"Many daughters have done nobly, But you excel them all."29“Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.”
30Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.30Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31Give her the product of her hands, And let her works praise her in the gates.31Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.
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Proverbs 30
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