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Proverbs 31 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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The Sayings of King Lemuel
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:1 - The sayings of King Lemuel contain this message,[fn] which 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 waste your strength on women,
on those who ruin kings.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:4 - It is not for kings, O Lemuel, to guzzle wine.
Rulers should not crave alcohol.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:5 - For if they drink, they may forget the law
and not give justice to the oppressed.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:6 - Alcohol is for the dying,
and wine for those in bitter distress.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:7 - Let them drink to forget their poverty
and remember their troubles no more.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:8 - Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves;
ensure justice for those being crushed.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:9 - Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless,
and see that they get justice.
A Wife of Noble Character
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:10 - [fn]Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?
She is more precious than rubies.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:11 - Her husband can trust her,
and she will greatly enrich his life.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:12 - She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:13 - She finds wool and flax
and busily spins it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:14 - She is like a merchant’s ship,
bringing her food from afar.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:15 - She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household
and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:16 - She goes to inspect a field and buys it;
with her earnings she plants a vineyard.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:17 - She is energetic and strong,
a hard worker.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:18 - She makes sure her dealings are profitable;
her lamp burns late into the night.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:19 - Her hands are busy spinning thread,
her fingers twisting fiber.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:20 - She extends a helping hand to the poor
and opens her arms to the needy.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:21 - She has no fear of winter for her household,
for everyone has warm[fn] clothes.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:22 - She makes her own bedspreads.
She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:23 - Her husband is well known at the city gates,
where he sits with the other civic leaders.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:24 - She makes belted linen garments
and sashes to sell to the merchants.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:25 - She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:26 - When she speaks, her words are wise,
and she gives instructions with kindness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:27 - She carefully watches everything in her household
and suffers nothing from laziness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:28 - Her children stand and bless her.
Her husband praises her:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:29 - “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world,
but you surpass them all!”
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:30 - Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
but a woman who fears the LORD will be greatly praised.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:31 - Reward her for all she has done.
Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.
NLT Footnotes
Or of Lemuel, king of Massa; or of King Lemuel, an oracle.
Verses 10-31 comprise a Hebrew acrostic poem; each verse begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
As in Greek and Latin versions; Hebrew reads scarlet.

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