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Proverbs 31:10-31 King James Version (KJV)

10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

14 She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth 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 maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.

31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

Proverbs 31:10-31 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

The Perfect Wife

10 [a] How hard it is to find the perfect wife.[b]
    She is worth far more than jewels.
11 Her husband depends on her.
    He will never be poor.
12 She does good for her husband all her life.
    She never causes him trouble.
13 She is always gathering wool and flax[c]
    and enjoys making things with her hands.
14 She is like a ship from a faraway place.
    She brings home food from everywhere.
15 She wakes up early in the morning,
    cooks food for her family, and gives the servants their share.
16 She looks at land and buys it.
    She uses the money she has earned and plants a vineyard.
17 She works very hard.
    She is strong and able to do all her work.
18 She works late into the night
    to make sure her business earns a profit.
19 She makes her own thread
    and weaves her own cloth.
20 She always gives to the poor
    and helps those who need it.
21 She does not worry about her family when it snows.
    She has given them all good, warm clothes.
22 She makes sheets and spreads for the beds,
    and she wears clothes of fine linen.
23 Her husband is a respected member of the city council,
    where he meets with the other leaders.
24 She makes clothes and belts
    and sells them to the merchants.
25 She is a strong person,[d] and people respect her.
    She looks to the future with confidence.
26 She speaks with wisdom
    and teaches others to be loving and kind.
27 She oversees the care of her house.
    She is never lazy.
28 Her children say good things about her.
    Her husband brags about her and says,
29 “There are many good women,
    but you are the best.”
30 Grace and beauty can fool you,
    but a woman who respects the Lord should be praised.
31 Give her the reward she deserves.
    Praise her in public for what she has done.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 31:10 In Hebrew, each verse of this poem starts with the next letter of the alphabet, so this poem shows all the good qualities of a woman “from A to Z.”
  2. Proverbs 31:10 the perfect wife Or “a noble woman.”
  3. Proverbs 31:13 flax A plant used to make linen cloth.
  4. Proverbs 31:25 She is a strong person Or “She is praised.”
Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

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