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Proverbs 31 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The Words of King Lemuel’s Mother
The Words of King Lemuel’s Mother
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:1 - The words of King Lemuel, the utterance which his mother taught him:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:2 - What, my son?
And what, son of my womb?
And what, son of my vows?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:3 - Do not give your strength to women,
Nor your ways to that which destroys kings.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:4 - It is not for kings, O Lemuel,
It is not for kings to drink wine,
Nor for princes intoxicating drink;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:5 - Lest they drink and forget the law,
And pervert the justice of all the afflicted.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:6 - Give strong drink to him who is perishing,
And wine to those who are bitter of heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:7 - Let him drink and forget his poverty,
And remember his misery no more.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:8 - Open your mouth for the speechless,
In the cause of all who are appointed to die.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:9 - Open your mouth, judge righteously,
And plead the cause of the poor and needy.
The Virtuous Wife
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:10 - Who[fn] can find a virtuous[fn] wife?
For her worth is far above rubies.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:11 - The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:12 - She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:13 - She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works 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 rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:16 - She considers a field and buys it;
From her profits she plants a vineyard.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:17 - She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:18 - She perceives that her merchandise is good,
And her lamp does not go out by night.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:19 - She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hand holds the spindle.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:20 - She extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:21 - She is not afraid of snow for her household,
For all her household is clothed with scarlet.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:22 - She makes tapestry for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:23 - Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:24 - She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies sashes for the merchants.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:25 - Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:26 - She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
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, and he praises her:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:29 - “Many daughters have done well,
But you excel them all.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:30 - Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:31 - Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates.
NKJV Footnotes
Literally sons of passing away
Verses 10 through 31 are an alphabetic acrostic in Hebrew (compare Psalm 119).
Literally a wife of valor, in the sense of all forms of excellence

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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