Chapter 31

PRO.31:1 The words of King Lemuel, the utterance which his mother taught him:
PRO.31:2 What, my son? And what, son of my womb? And what, son of my vows?
PRO.31:3 Do not give your strength to women, Nor your ways to that which destroys kings.
PRO.31:4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, It is not for kings to drink wine, Nor for princes intoxicating drink;
PRO.31:5 Lest they drink and forget the law, And pervert the justice of all the afflicted.
PRO.31:6 Give strong drink to him who is perishing, And wine to those who are bitter of heart.
PRO.31:7 Let him drink and forget his poverty, And remember his misery no more.
PRO.31:8 Open your mouth for the speechless, In the cause of all who are appointed to die.
PRO.31:9 Open your mouth, judge righteously, And plead the cause of the poor and needy.
PRO.31:10 Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies.
PRO.31:11 The heart of her husband safely trusts her; So he will have no lack of gain.
PRO.31:12 She does him good and not evil All the days of her life.
PRO.31:13 She seeks wool and flax, And willingly works with her hands.
PRO.31:14 She is like the merchant ships, She brings her food from afar.
PRO.31:15 She also rises while it is yet night, And provides food for her household, And a portion for her maidservants.
PRO.31:16 She considers a field and buys it; From her profits she plants a vineyard.
PRO.31:17 She girds herself with strength, And strengthens her arms.
PRO.31:18 She perceives that her merchandise is good, And her lamp does not go out by night.
PRO.31:19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her hand holds the spindle.
PRO.31:20 She extends her hand to the poor, Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
PRO.31:21 She is not afraid of snow for her household, For all her household is clothed with scarlet.
PRO.31:22 She makes tapestry for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
PRO.31:23 Her husband is known in the gates, When he sits among the elders of the land.
PRO.31:24 She makes linen garments and sells them, And supplies sashes for the merchants.
PRO.31:25 Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come.
PRO.31:26 She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
PRO.31:27 She watches over the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness.
PRO.31:28 Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her:
PRO.31:29 “Many daughters have done well, But you excel them all.”
PRO.31:30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
PRO.31:31 Give her of the fruit of her hands, And let her own works praise her in the gates.


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