Proverbs 31 The Passion Translation (TPT)
31 King Lemuel’s royal words of wisdom:
These are the inspired words my mother taught me.
2 Listen, my dear son, son of my womb.
You are the answer to my prayers, my son.
3 So keep yourself sexually pure
from the promiscuous, wayward woman.
Don’t waste the strength of your anointing
on those who ruin kings—
you’ll live to regret it!
4 For you are a king, Lemuel,
and it’s never fitting for a king to be drunk on wine
or for rulers to crave alcohol.
5 For when they drink they forget justice
and ignore the rights of those in need,
those who depend on you for leadership.
6–7 Strong drink is given to the terminally ill,
who are suffering at the brink of death.
Wine is for those in depression
in order to drown their sorrows.
Let them drink and forget their poverty and misery.
8 But you are to be a king who speaks up on behalf
of the disenfranchised
and pleads for the legal rights of the defenseless
and those who are dying.
9 Be a righteous king, judging on behalf of the poor
and interceding for those most in need.
The Radiant Bride
10 Who could ever find a wife like this one—
she is a woman of strength and mighty valor!
She’s full of wealth and wisdom.
The price paid for her was greater than many jewels.
11 Her husband has entrusted his heart to her,
for she brings him the rich spoils of victory.
12 All throughout her life she brings him what is good and not evil.
13 She searches out continually to possess
that which is pure and righteous.
She delights in the work of her hands.
14 She gives out revelation-truth to feed others.
She is like a trading ship bringing divine supplies
from the merchant.
15 Even in the night season she arises and sets food on the table
for hungry ones in her house and for others.
16 She sets her heart upon a nation and takes it as her own,
carrying it within her.
She labors there to plant the living vines.
17 She wraps herself in strength, might, and power in all her works.
18 She tastes and experiences a better substance,
and her shining light will not be extinguished,
no matter how dark the night.
19 She stretches out her hands to help the needy
and she lays hold of the wheels of government.
20 She is known by her extravagant generosity to the poor,
for she always reaches out her hands to those in need.
21 She is not afraid of tribulation,
for all her household is covered in the dual garments
of righteousness and grace.
22 Her clothing is beautifully knit together—
a purple gown of exquisite linen.
23 Her husband is famous and admired by all,
sitting as the venerable judge of his people.
24 Even her works of righteousness
she does for the benefit of her enemies.
25 Bold power and glorious majesty are wrapped around her
as she laughs with joy over the latter days.
26 Her teachings are filled with wisdom and kindness
as loving instruction pours from her lips.
27 She watches over the ways of her household
and meets every need they have.
28 Her sons and daughters arise in one accord to extol her virtues,
and her husband arises to speak of her in glowing terms.
29 “There are many valiant and noble ones,
but you have ascended above them all!”
30 Charm can be misleading,
and beauty is vain and so quickly fades,
but this virtuous woman lives in the wonder, awe,
and fear of the Lord.
She will be praised throughout eternity.
31 So go ahead and give her the credit that is due,
for she has become a radiant woman,
and all her loving works of righteousness deserve to be admired
at the gateways of every city!
Proverbs 31 New International Version (NIV)
Sayings of King Lemuel
31 The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him.
2 Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb!
Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers!
3 Do not spend your strength on women,
your vigor on those who ruin kings.
4 It is not for kings, Lemuel—
it is not for kings to drink wine,
not for rulers to crave beer,
5 lest they drink and forget what has been decreed,
and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.
6 Let beer be for those who are perishing,
wine for those who are in anguish!
7 Let them drink and forget their poverty
and remember their misery no more.
8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
9 Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy.
Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character
10 A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.