Bible: Pr 31

The Words of Lemuel

31:1 The words of King Lemuel, 1 

an oracle 2  that his mother taught him:

31:2 O 3  my son, O son of my womb,

O son 4  of my vows,

31:3 Do not give your strength 5  to women,

nor your ways 6  to that which ruins 7  kings.

31:4 It is not for kings, 8  O Lemuel,

it is not for kings to drink wine, 9 

or for rulers to crave strong drink, 10 

31:5 lest they drink and forget what is decreed,

and remove 11  from all the poor 12  their legal rights. 13 

31:6 Give strong drink to the one who is perishing, 14 

and wine to those who are bitterly distressed; 15 

31:7 let them 16  drink and forget 17  their poverty,

and remember their misery no more.

31:8 Open your mouth 18  on behalf of those unable to speak, 19 

for the legal rights of all the dying. 20 

31:9 Open your mouth, judge in righteousness, 21 

and plead the cause 22  of the poor and needy.

The Wife of Noble Character 23 

31:10 Who can find 24  a wife 25  of noble character? 26 

For her value 27  is far more than rubies.

31:11 The heart of her husband has confidence 28  in her,

and he has no lack of gain. 29 

31:12 She brings him 30  good and not evil 31 

all the days of her life.

31:13 She obtains 32  wool and flax,

and she is pleased to work with her hands. 33 

31:14 She is like 34  the merchant ships; 35 

she brings her food from afar.

31:15 She also gets up 36  while it is still night,

and provides food 37  for her household and a portion 38  to her female servants.

31:16 She considers 39  a field and buys it;

from her own income 40  she plants a vineyard.

31:17 She begins 41  her work vigorously,

and she strengthens 42  her arms.

31:18 She knows 43  that her merchandise is good,

and her lamp 44  does not go out in the night.

31:19 Her hands 45  take hold 46  of the distaff,

and her hands grasp the spindle.

31:20 She extends 47  her hand 48  to the poor,

and reaches out her hand to the needy.

31:21 She is not 49  afraid of the snow 50  for her household,

for all of her household are clothed with scarlet. 51 

31:22 She makes for herself coverlets; 52 

her clothing is fine linen and purple. 53 

31:23 Her husband is well-known 54  in the city gate 55 

when he sits with the elders 56  of the land.

31:24 She makes linen garments 57  and sells them,

and supplies the merchants 58  with sashes.

31:25 She is clothed 59  with strength 60  and honor, 61 

and she can laugh 62  at the time 63  to come.

31:26 She opens her mouth 64  with wisdom,

and loving instruction 65  is on her tongue.

31:27 She watches over 66  the ways of her household,

and does not eat the bread of idleness. 67 

31:28 Her children rise up 68  and call her blessed,

her husband 69  also praises her:

31:29Many 70  daughters 71  have done valiantly, 72 

but you surpass them all!

31:30 Charm is deceitful 73  and beauty is fleeting, 74 

but a woman who fears the Lord 75  will be praised.

31:31 Give 76  her credit for what she has accomplished, 77 

and let her works praise her 78  in the city gates. 79 

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