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Proverbs 31 :: New English Translation (NET)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:1 - The words of King Lemuel, an oracle that his mother taught him:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:2 - O my son, O son of my womb, O son of my vows,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:3 - Do not give your strength to women, nor your ways to that which ruins kings.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:4 - It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to crave strong drink,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:5 - lest they drink and forget what is decreed, and remove from all the poor their legal rights.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:6 - Give strong drink to the one who is perishing, and wine to those who are bitterly distressed;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:7 - let them drink and forget their poverty, and remember their misery no more.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:8 - Open your mouth on behalf of those unable to speak, for the legal rights of all the dying.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:9 - Open your mouth, judge in righteousness, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

Description of a Worthy Woman

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:10 - Who can find a wife of noble character? For her value is far more than rubies.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:11 - The heart of her husband has confidence in her, and he has no lack of gain.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:12 - She brings him good and not evil all the days of her life.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:13 - She obtains wool and flax, and she is pleased to work with her hands.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:14 - She is like the merchant ships; she brings her food from afar.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:15 - She also gets up while it is still night, and provides food for her household and a portion to her female servants.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:16 - She considers a field and buys it; from her own income she plants a vineyard.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:17 - She begins her work vigorously, and she strengthens her arms.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:18 - She knows that her merchandise is good, and her lamp does not go out in the night.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:19 - Her hands take hold of the distaff, and her hands grasp the spindle.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:20 - She extends her hand to the poor, and reaches out her hand to the needy.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:21 - She is not afraid of the snow for her household, for all of her household are clothed with scarlet.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:22 - She makes for herself coverlets; her clothing is fine linen and purple.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:23 - Her husband is well-known in the city gate when he sits with the elders of the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:24 - She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:25 - She is clothed with strength and honor, and she can laugh at the time to come.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:26 - She opens her mouth with wisdom, and loving instruction is on her tongue.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:27 - She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:28 - Her children rise up and call her blessed, her husband also praises her:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:29 - "Many daughters have done valiantly, but you surpass them all!"
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:30 - Charm is deceitful and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the LORD will be praised.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:31 - Give her credit for what she has accomplished, and let her works praise her in the city gates.

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