Proverbs 31

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Proverbs 31 New International Version (NIV)

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Sayings of King Lemuel

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31 The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him.

31.2Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb!
Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers!
31.3Do not spend your strength[a] on women,
your vigor on those who ruin kings.

31.4It is not for kings, Lemuel—
it is not for kings to drink wine,
not for rulers to crave beer,
31.5lest they drink and forget what has been decreed,
and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.
31.6-7Let beer be for those who are perishing,
wine for those who are in anguish!
31.7Let them drink and forget their poverty
and remember their misery no more.

31.8Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
31.8-9Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy.

Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character

31.1010 [b]A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
31.1111 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
31.1212 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
31.1313 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
31.1414 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
31.1515 She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
31.1616 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
31.1717 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
31.1818 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
31.1919 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
31.2020 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
31.2121 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
31.2222 She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
31.2323 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
31.2424 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
31.2525 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
31.2626 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
31.2727 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
31.2828 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
31.2929 “Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
31.3030 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31.30-3131 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

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Footnotes:

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    Proverbs 31:3 Or wealth

  2. Proverbs 31:10 Verses 10-31 are an acrostic poem, the verses of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

 

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