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Proverbs 31 :: Young's Literal Translation (YLT)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:1 - Words of Lemuel a king, a declaration that 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 - Give not to women thy strength, And thy ways to wiping away of kings.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:4 - Not for kings, O Lemuel, Not for kings, to drink wine, And for princes a desire of strong drink.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:5 - Lest he drink, and forget the decree, And change the judgment of any of the sons of affliction.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:6 - Give strong drink to the perishing, And wine to the bitter in soul,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:7 - He drinketh, and forgetteth his poverty, And his misery he remembereth not again.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:8 - Open thy mouth for the dumb, For the right of all sons of change.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:9 - Open thy mouth, judge righteously, Both the cause of the poor and needy!'

Description of a Worthy Woman

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:10 - A woman of worth who doth find? Yea, far above rubies is her price.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:11 - The heart of her husband hath trusted in her, And spoil he lacketh not.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:12 - She hath done him good, and not evil, All days of her life.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:13 - She hath sought wool and flax, And with delight she worketh with her hands.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:14 - She hath been as ships of the merchant, From afar she bringeth in her bread.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:15 - Yea, she riseth while yet night, And giveth food to her household, And a portion to her damsels.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:16 - She hath considered a field, and taketh it, From the fruit of her hands she hath planted a vineyard.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:17 - She hath girded with might her loins, And doth strengthen her arms.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:18 - She hath perceived when her merchandise is good, Her lamp is not extinguished in the night.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:19 - Her hands she hath sent forth on a spindle, And her hands have held a distaff.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:20 - Her hand she hath spread forth to the poor, Yea, her hands she sent forth to the needy.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:21 - She is not afraid of her household from snow, For all her household are clothed with scarlet.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:22 - Ornamental coverings she hath made for herself, Silk and purple are her clothing.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:23 - Known in the gates is her husband, In his sitting with elders of the land.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:24 - Linen garments she hath made, and selleth, And a girdle she hath given to the merchant.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:25 - Strength and honour are her clothing, And she rejoiceth at a latter day.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:26 - Her mouth she hath opened in wisdom, And the law of kindness is on her tongue.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:27 - She is watching the ways of her household, And bread of sloth she eateth not.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:28 - Her sons have risen up, and pronounce her happy, Her husband, and he praiseth her,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:29 - 'Many are the daughters who have done worthily, Thou hast gone up above them all.'
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:30 - The grace is false, and the beauty is vain, A woman fearing Jehovah, she may boast herself.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 31:31 - Give ye to her of the fruit of her hands, And her works do praise her in the gates!

The Young's Literal Translation was translated by Robert Young, who believed in a strictly literal translation of God's word. This version of the Bible is in the public domain.


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

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