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Proverbs 31 Jubilee Bible 2000 (JUB)

31 ¶ The words of King Lemuel, the prophecy with which his mother taught him.

What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?

Do not give thy strength nor thy ways unto the women who destroy kings.

It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor is beer for princes

lest they drink and forget the law and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.

Give beer unto him that is ready to perish and wine unto those that have heavy hearts.

They drink and forget their need and remember their misery no more.

Open thy mouth for those who cannot speak in the judgment of all the sons of death.

Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and destitute.

10 Aleph Who can find a valiant woman? for her price is far above precious stones.

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

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

13 Daleth She sought wool and flax and worked willingly with her hands.

14 He She was like the merchants’ ships; she brings her food from afar.

15 Vau She rose up even at night and gave food to her family and a portion to her maidens.

16 Zain She considered the inheritance and bought it; with the fruit of her hands she planted a vineyard.

17 Cheth She girded her loins with strength and strengthened her arms.

18 Teth She perceived that her merchandise was good; her fire did not go out by night.

19 Jod She laid her hands to the spindle, and her hands held the distaff.

20 Caph She stretched out her hand to the poor; yea, she reached forth her hands to the destitute.

21 Lamed She shall not be afraid of the snow for her family, for all her family is clothed with double garments.

22 Mem She makes herself tapestries; her clothing is of fine linen and purple.

23 Nun Her husband is known in the gates when he sits among the elders of the land.

24 Samech She made fine linen and sold it and delivered girdles unto the merchant.

25 Ain Strength and glory is her clothing, and she shall laugh in the last day.

26 Pe She opened her mouth with wisdom, and the law of mercy is upon her tongue.

27 Tzaddi She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat bread in idleness.

28 Koph Her sons rose up and called her blessed; her husband also, and he praised her.

29 Resh Many daughters have done valiantly, but thou dost excel them all.

30 Schin Grace is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but the woman that fears the LORD shall be praised.

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

Jubilee Bible 2000 (JUB)

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Proverbs 31 New International Version (NIV)

Sayings of King Lemuel

31 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

10 [b]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.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 31:3 Or wealth
  2. Proverbs 31:10 Verses 10-31 are an acrostic poem, the verses of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
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