Proverbs 31 New American Standard Bible

Admonitions to a King

31 1  The words of King Lemuel , the oracle which his mother taught him: 2  What , O my son ? And what , O son of my womb ? And what , O son of my vows ? 3  Do not give your strength to women , Or your ways to that which destroys kings . 4  It is not for kings , O Lemuel , It is not for kings to drink wine , Or for rulers to desire strong drink , 5  For they will drink and forget what is decreed , And pervert the rights of all the afflicted . 6  Give strong drink to him who is perishing , And wine to him whose life is bitter . 7  Let him drink and forget his poverty And remember his trouble no more . 8  Open your mouth for the mute , For the rights of all the unfortunate e . 9  Open your mouth , judge righteously , And defend the rights of the afflicted and needy .

Praise of a Good Woman

10  An excellent wife , who can find ? For her worth is far above jewels . 11  The heart of her husband trusts in her, And he will have no lack of gain . 12  She does him good and not evil All the days of her life . 13  She looks for wool and flax And works with her hands in delight . 14  She is like merchant ships ; She brings her food from afar . 15  She rises also while it is still night And gives food to her household And portions to her maidens . 16  She considers a field and buys it; From her earnings e she plants a vineyard . 17  She girds herself with strength And makes her arms strong . 18  She senses that her gain is good ; Her lamp does not go out at night . 19  She stretches out her hands to the distaff , And her hands grasp the spindle . 20  She extends her hand to the poor , And she stretches out her hands to the needy . 21  She is not afraid of the snow for her household , For all her household are clothed with scarlet . 22  She makes coverings for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple . 23  Her husband is known in the gates , When he sits among the elders of the land . 24  She makes linen garments and sells them, And supplies belts to the tradesmen . 25  Strength and dignity are her clothing , And she smiles at the future e . 26  She opens her mouth in wisdom , And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue . 27  She looks well to the ways of her household , And does not eat the bread of idleness . 28  Her children rise up and bless her; Her husband also, and he praises her, saying: 29  "Many daughters have done nobly , But you excel them all ." 30  Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain , But a woman who fears the Lord , she shall be praised . 31  Give her the product of her hands , And let her works praise her in the gates .


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