Proverbs 31


Good Instruction

1 My words have been spoken by God; [2by a king 1the divine answer], whom [2instructed 1his mother]. 2What, O child, will you give heed to? What sayings of God, O first-born, to you I speak, O son? What, O child of my belly? What, O child of my vows? 3You should not give [3to women 1your 2wealth], nor your mind and livelihood for an afterthought. [3with 4counsel 2all things 1Do]! [2with 3counsel 1Drink wine]! 4The mighty ones are inclined to rage; [3wine 1let them not 2drink]! 5lest drinking they should forget wisdom, and [3rightly 4to judge 1in no way 2are able] the weak. 6Give intoxicating drink to the ones in distresses, and wine to drink to the ones in griefs! 7that they should forget their poverty, and their miseries should not be remembered any longer. 8O Son, open your mouth with the word of God, and judge all fairly! 9Open your mouth, and judge justly, and litigate for the needy and weak!

The Virtuous Woman

10[4wife 3a vigorous 1Who 2shall find]? [4more esteemed than 1For 3is 6stones 5very costly 2such]. 11[4takes courage 5over 6her 1The 2heart 3of her husband]. Such a one [3of good 4spoils 1will not 2be distressed by the lack]. 12For she exacts energy to her husband for good, and not bad for all the livelihood. 13[4furling 5wool 6and 7flax 1She makes 3useful 2her hands]. 14She became as a ship trading far off. She gathers together her wealth, 15and she rises up at nights, and appoints foods to the household, and works to the female attendants. 16In viewing a farm, she buys; and from the fruits of her hands she plants a possession. 17Girding up [2strongly 1her loin], she establishes her arms for work. 18She tastes that it is good to work; and [2is not 3extinguished 1her lamp] all the night. 19 [2her cubits 1She stretches out] unto the things being advantageous; and the things of her hands she sticks to the spindle. 20[4hands 1And 3her 2she opens wide] to the needy, and her wrist she stretches out to the poor. 21[2does not 3take thought 4of the things 5in 6the house 1Her husband] whenever [2somewhere 1he passes time]; for all the ones of hers are being clothed. 22A double goat's hair coat she made for her husband; and from out of linen and purple material garments for herself. 23[4admired 1And 3is 2her husband] at the gate when ever he should sit in the sanhedrin with the aged of the land. 24[2fine linen 1She makes], and gives back loincloths to the Canaanites. 25[2strength 3and 4beauty 1She puts on], and is glad in [2days 1the last]. 26[3mouth 1And 2of her] she opens wisely and lawfully; and her charity is in her tongue. 27[3are roofed 1The pastimes 2to her house], and the grain of laziness she does not eat. 28She raises up her children, and they grow rich; and her husband praises her. 29Many daughters acquired riches; many acted with ability; but you have precedence -- you are elevated above all. 30[2is false 1Allurement], and [2vain 1beauty] it is not in you. [3woman 1For 2a discerning] is blessed; [4the fear 1and 5of the  lord 2let her 3praise]! 31Give to her from the fruits of her lips! and let [2be praised 3at 4the gates 1her husband]!
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