Bible: Proverbs 31:10-31

The Wife of Noble Character 1 

31:10 Who can find 2  a wife 3  of noble character? 4 

For her value 5  is far more than rubies.

31:11 The heart of her husband has confidence 6  in her,

and he has no lack of gain. 7 

31:12 She brings him 8  good and not evil 9 

all the days of her life.

31:13 She obtains 10  wool and flax,

and she is pleased to work with her hands. 11 

31:14 She is like 12  the merchant ships; 13 

she brings her food from afar.

31:15 She also gets up 14  while it is still night,

and provides food 15  for her household and a portion 16  to her female servants.

31:16 She considers 17  a field and buys it;

from her own income 18  she plants a vineyard.

31:17 She begins 19  her work vigorously,

and she strengthens 20  her arms.

31:18 She knows 21  that her merchandise is good,

and her lamp 22  does not go out in the night.

31:19 Her hands 23  take hold 24  of the distaff,

and her hands grasp the spindle.

31:20 She extends 25  her hand 26  to the poor,

and reaches out her hand to the needy.

31:21 She is not 27  afraid of the snow 28  for her household,

for all of her household are clothed with scarlet. 29 

31:22 She makes for herself coverlets; 30 

her clothing is fine linen and purple. 31 

31:23 Her husband is well-known 32  in the city gate 33 

when he sits with the elders 34  of the land.

31:24 She makes linen garments 35  and sells them,

and supplies the merchants 36  with sashes.

31:25 She is clothed 37  with strength 38  and honor, 39 

and she can laugh 40  at the time 41  to come.

31:26 She opens her mouth 42  with wisdom,

and loving instruction 43  is on her tongue.

31:27 She watches over 44  the ways of her household,

and does not eat the bread of idleness. 45 

31:28 Her children rise up 46  and call her blessed,

her husband 47  also praises her:

31:29Many 48  daughters 49  have done valiantly, 50 

but you surpass them all!

31:30 Charm is deceitful 51  and beauty is fleeting, 52 

but a woman who fears the Lord 53  will be praised.

31:31 Give 54  her credit for what she has accomplished, 55 

and let her works praise her 56  in the city gates. 57 

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