Proverbs 31

The Words of Lemuel

1The words of King Lemuel, the
Or burden
oracle which his mother taught him:
2What, O my son?
And what, O b  son of my womb?
And what, O son of my c  vows?
3 d  Do not give your strength to women,
Or your ways to that which e  destroys kings.
4It is not for f  kings, O Lemuel,
It is not for kings to g  drink wine,
Or for rulers to desire strong drink,
5For they will drink and forget what is decreed,
And h  pervert the
Lit judgment
rights of all the
Lit sons of affliction
6Give strong drink to him who is k  perishing,
And wine to him
Lit bitter of soul
m  whose life is bitter.
7Let him drink and forget his poverty
And remember his trouble no more.
8 n  Open your mouth for the mute,
For the
Lit judgment
rights of all the
Lit sons of passing away
9Open your mouth q  judge righteously,
Lit judge the afflicted
defend the s  rights of the afflicted and needy.

Description of a Worthy Woman

10An t  excellent wife, who can find?
For her worth is far u  above jewels.
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.
13She looks for wool and flax
And works with her
Lit palms
Or willingly
in delight.
14She is like x  merchant ships;
She brings her food from afar.
15She y  rises also while it is still night
And z  gives food to her household
Or prescribed tasks
portions to her maidens.
16She considers a field and buys it;
Lit the fruit of her palms
her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17She ac  girds
Lit her loins
herself with strength
And makes her arms strong.
18She senses that her gain is good;
Her lamp does not go out at night.
19She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her
Lit palms
hands grasp the spindle.
Lit spreads out her palm
ag  extends her hand to the poor,
And she stretches out her hands to the needy.
21She is not afraid of the snow for her household,
For all her household are ah  clothed with scarlet.
22She makes ai  coverings for herself;
Her clothing is aj  fine linen and ak  purple.
23Her husband is known al  in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
24She makes am  linen garments and sells them,
Lit gives
supplies belts to the
Lit Canaanite
25Strength and ap  dignity are her clothing,
And she smiles at the
Lit latter days
26She ar  opens her mouth in wisdom,
And the
Or law
teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27She looks well to the ways of her household,
And does not eat the at  bread of idleness.
28Her children rise up and bless her;
Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:
29Many daughters have done nobly,
But you excel them all.”
30Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who
Or reverences
av  fears the  Lord, she shall be praised.
31Give her the
Lit fruit
product of her hands,
And let her works praise her in the gates.

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