Proverbs 31

The Words of Lemuel

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

Description of a Worthy Woman

10 An t excellent wife, who can find?
For her worth is far u above jewels.
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,
And he will have no lack of gain.
12 She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
13 She looks for wool and flax
And works with her
Lit palms
Or willingly
in delight.
14 She is like x merchant ships;
She brings her food from afar.
15 She y rises also while it is still night
And z gives food to her household
Or prescribed tasks
portions to her maidens.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
Lit the fruit of her palms
her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She ac girds
Lit her loins
herself with strength
And makes her arms strong.
18 She senses that her gain is good;
Her lamp does not go out at night.
19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her
Lit palms
hands grasp the spindle.
20 She
Lit spreads out her palm
ag extends her hand to the poor,
And she stretches out her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household,
For all her household are ah clothed with scarlet.
22 She makes ai coverings for herself;
Her clothing is aj fine linen and ak purple.
23 Her husband is known al in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes am linen garments and sells them,
Lit gives
supplies belts to the
Lit Canaanite
25 Strength and ap dignity are her clothing,
And she smiles at the
Lit latter days
26 She ar opens her mouth in wisdom,
And the
Or law
teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27 She looks well to the ways of her household,
And does not eat the at bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and bless her;
Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:
29 Many daughters have done nobly,
But you excel them all.”
30 Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who
Or reverences
av fears the  Lord, she shall be praised.
31 Give her the
Lit fruit
product of her hands,
And let her works praise her in the gates.

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