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Proverbs 31 :: New English Translation (NET)

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The words of King Lemuel, an oracle that his mother taught him:

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O my son, O son of my womb, O son of my vows,

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Do not give your strength to women, nor your ways to that which ruins kings.

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It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to crave strong drink,

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lest they drink and forget what is decreed, and remove from all the poor their legal rights.

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Give strong drink to the one who is perishing, and wine to those who are bitterly distressed;

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let them drink and forget their poverty, and remember their misery no more.

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Open your mouth on behalf of those unable to speak, for the legal rights of all the dying.

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Open your mouth, judge in righteousness, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

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Who can find a wife of noble character? For her value is far more than rubies.

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The heart of her husband has confidence in her, and he has no lack of gain.

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She brings him good and not evil all the days of her life.

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She obtains wool and flax, and she is pleased to work with her hands.

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She is like the merchant ships; she brings her food from afar.

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She also gets up while it is still night, and provides food for her household and a portion to her female servants.

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She considers a field and buys it; from her own income she plants a vineyard.

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She begins her work vigorously, and she strengthens her arms.

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She knows that her merchandise is good, and her lamp does not go out in the night.

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Her hands take hold of the distaff, and her hands grasp the spindle.

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She extends her hand to the poor, and reaches out her hand to the needy.

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She is not afraid of the snow for her household, for all of her household are clothed with scarlet.

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She makes for herself coverlets; her clothing is fine linen and purple.

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Her husband is well-known in the city gate when he sits with the elders of the land.

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She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.

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She is clothed with strength and honor, and she can laugh at the time to come.

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She opens her mouth with wisdom, and loving instruction is on her tongue.

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Her children rise up and call her blessed, her husband also praises her:

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"Many daughters have done valiantly, but you surpass them all!"

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Charm is deceitful and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the LORD will be praised.

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Give her credit for what she has accomplished, and let her works praise her in the city gates.
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