Proverbs 31
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1The sayings of King Lemuel--an inspired utterance his mother taught him.1The words of King Lemuel, the oracle which his mother taught him:
2Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb! Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers!2What, O my son? And what, O son of my womb? And what, O son of my vows?
3Do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings.3Do not give your strength to women, Or your ways to that which destroys kings.
4It is not for kings, Lemuel-- it is not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer,4It is not for kings, O Lemuel, It is not for kings to drink wine, Or for rulers to desire strong drink,
5lest they drink and forget what has been decreed, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.5For they will drink and forget what is decreed, And pervert the rights of all the afflicted.
6Let beer be for those who are perishing, wine for those who are in anguish!6Give strong drink to him who is perishing, And wine to him whose life is bitter.
7Let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.7Let him drink and forget his poverty And remember his trouble no more.
8Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.8Open your mouth for the mute, For the rights of all the unfortunate.
9Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.9Open your mouth, judge righteously, And defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.
10A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.10An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels.
11Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.11The heart of her husband trusts in her, And he will have no lack of gain.
12She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.12She does him good and not evil All the days of her life.
13She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.13She looks for wool and flax And works with her hands in delight.
14She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.14She is like merchant ships; She brings her food from afar.
15She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.15She rises also while it is still night And gives food to her household And portions to her maidens.
16She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.16She considers a field and buys it; From her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.17She girds herself with strength And makes her arms strong.
18She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.18She senses that her gain is good; Her lamp does not go out at night.
19In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.19She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her hands grasp the spindle.
20She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.20She extends her hand to the poor, And she stretches out her hands to the needy.
21When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.21She is not afraid of the snow for her household, For all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.22She makes coverings for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat 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 the merchants with sashes.24She makes linen garments and sells them, And supplies belts to the tradesmen.
25She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.25Strength and dignity are her clothing, And she smiles at the future.
26She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.26She opens her mouth in wisdom, And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27She watches over the affairs 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 arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:28Her children rise up and bless her; Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:
29"Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."29"Many daughters have done nobly, But you excel them all."
30Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.30Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
31Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.31Give her the product of her hands, And let her works praise her in the gates.
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