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Proverbs 31 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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The Words of Lemuel
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The words of King Lemuel,

a pronouncement[fn] that his mother taught him:

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What should I say, my son?

What, son of my womb?

What, son of my vows?

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Don’t spend your energy on women

or your efforts on those who destroy kings.

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It is not for kings, Lemuel,

it is not for kings to drink wine

or for rulers to desire beer.

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Otherwise, he will drink,

forget what is decreed,

and pervert justice for all the oppressed.[fn]

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Give beer to one who is dying

and wine to one whose life is bitter.

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Let him drink so that he can forget his poverty

and remember his trouble no more.

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Speak up[fn] for those who have no voice,[fn]

for the justice of all who are dispossessed.[fn]

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Speak up, judge righteously,

and defend the cause of the oppressed and needy.

In Praise of a Wife of Noble Character
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Who can find a wife of noble character?[fn]

She is far more precious than jewels.[fn]

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The heart of her husband trusts in her,

and he will not lack anything good.

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She rewards him with good, not evil,

all the days of her life.

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She selects wool and flax

and works with willing hands.

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She is like the merchant ships,

bringing her food from far away.

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She rises while it is still night

and provides food for her household

and portions[fn] for her female servants.

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She evaluates a field and buys it;

she plants a vineyard with her earnings.[fn]

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She draws on her strength[fn]

and reveals that her arms are strong.

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She sees that her profits are good,

and her lamp never goes out at night.

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She extends her hands to the spinning staff,

and her hands hold the spindle.

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Her hands reach[fn] out to the poor,

and she extends her hands to the needy.

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She is not afraid for her household when it snows,

for all in her household are doubly clothed.[fn]

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She makes her own bed coverings;

her clothing is fine linen and purple.

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Her husband is known at the city gates,

where he sits among the elders of the land.

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She makes and sells linen garments;

she delivers belts[fn] to the merchants.

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Strength and honor are her clothing,

and she can laugh at the time to come.

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Her mouth speaks wisdom,

and loving instruction[fn] is on her tongue.

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She watches over the activities of her household

and is never idle.[fn]

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Her children rise up and call her blessed;

her husband also praises her:

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“Many women[fn] have done noble deeds,

but you surpass them all! ”

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Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting,

but a woman who fears the LORD will be praised.

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Give her the reward of her labor,[fn]

and let her works praise her at the city gates.

CSB Footnotes
Or of Lemuel, king of Massa, or of King Lemuel, a burden
Lit sons of affliction
Lit Open your mouth, also in v. 9
Lit who are mute
Lit all the sons of passing away
Or a wife of quality, or a capable wife
Vv. 10–31 form an acrostic.
Or tasks
Or vineyard by her own labors
Lit She wraps strength around her like a belt
Lit Her hand reaches
LXX, Vg; MT reads are dressed in scarlet
Or sashes
Or and the teaching of kindness
Lit and does not eat the bread of idleness
Lit daughters
Lit the fruit of her hands

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