Proverbs 31 – New International Version (NIV)
Sayings of King Lemuel
- The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him.
- Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb! Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers!
- Do not spend your strength[a] on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings.
- It is not for kings, Lemuel— it is not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer,
- lest they drink and forget what has been decreed, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.
- Let beer be for those who are perishing, wine for those who are in anguish!
- Let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.
- Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.
- Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.
Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character
- [b]A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
- Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
- She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
- She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.
- She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.
- She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.
- She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
- She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
- She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.
- In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
- She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
- When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
- She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
- Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
- She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.
- She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
- She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
- She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
- Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
- “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”
- Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
- Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
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Proverbs 31 – King James Version (KJV)
Words of Lemuel
- The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.
- What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? And what, the son of my vows?
- Give not thy strength unto women, Nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.
- It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; Nor for princes strong drink:
- Lest they drink, and forget the law, And pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.
- Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, And wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.
- Let him drink, and forget his poverty, And remember his misery no more.
- Open thy mouth for the dumb In the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.
- Open thy mouth, judge righteously, And plead the cause of the poor and needy.
The Good Wife
- Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.
- The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, So that he shall have no need of spoil.
- She will do him good and not evil All the days of her life.
- She seeketh wool, and flax, And worketh willingly with her hands.
- She is like the merchants’ ships; She bringeth her food from afar.
- She riseth also while it is yet night, And giveth meat to her household, And a portion to her maidens.
- She considereth a field, and buyeth it: With the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
- She girdeth her loins with strength, And strengtheneth her arms.
- She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: Her candle goeth not out by night.
- She layeth her hands to the spindle, And her hands hold the distaff.
- She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; Yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
- She is not afraid of the snow for her household: For all her household are clothed with scarlet.
- She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; Her clothing is silk and purple.
- Her husband is known in the gates, When he sitteth among the elders of the land.
- She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; And delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
- Strength and honour are her clothing; And she shall rejoice in time to come.
- She openeth her mouth with wisdom; And in her tongue is the law of kindness.
- She looketh well to the ways of her household, And eateth not the bread of idleness.
- Her children arise up, and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praiseth her.
- Many daughters have done virtuously, But thou excellest them all.
- Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: But a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
- Give her of the fruit of her hands; And let her own works praise her in the gates.