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Proverbs 31 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:1 - The words of Lemuel, king of Massa, which his mother taught him:
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:2 - What, my son? What, son of my womb? What, son of my vows?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:3 - Give not your strength to women, your ways to those who destroy 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 desire strong drink;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:5 - lest they drink and forget what has been decreed, and pervert the rights of all the afflicted.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:6 - Give strong drink to him who is perishing, and wine to those in bitter distress;
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 for the dumb, for the rights of all who are left desolate.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:9 - Open your mouth, judge righteously, maintain the rights of the poor and needy.

Description of a Worthy Woman

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:10 - A good wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:11 - The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:12 - She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:13 - She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:14 - She is like the ships of the merchant, she brings her food from afar.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:15 - She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and tasks for her maidens.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:16 - She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:17 - She girds her loins with strength and makes her arms strong.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:18 - She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:19 - She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:20 - She opens her hand to the poor, and 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 are clothed in scarlet.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:22 - She makes herself coverings; 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; she delivers girdles to the merchant.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:25 - Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:26 - She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:27 - She looks well to 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 women have done excellently, but you surpass them all."
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:30 - Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:31 - Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.

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Source: Transcribed from: The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version containing the Old and New Testaments, translated from the original tongues: being the version set forth A.D. 1611, revised A.D. 1881-1885 and A.D. 1901: compared with the most ancient authorities and revised A.D. 1946-52. — 2nd ed. of New Testament A.D. 1971. There should be enough in the rest of the description to identify the text.

Language: English

Availability: Freely available for non-commercial use provided that this header is included in its entirety with any copy distributed.


Pericope taken from the NASB95 and has been graciously provided by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif. All rights reserved.

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