||English: New American Standard Bible
Proverbs 31 [Commentary] |
||The words of King Lemuel, the oracle which his mother taught him:
||What, O my son?
And what, O son of my womb?
And what, O son of my vows?
||Do not give your strength to women,
Or your ways to that which destroys kings.
||It is not for kings, O Lemuel,
It is not for kings to drink wine,
Or for rulers to desire strong drink,
||For they will drink and forget what is decreed,
And pervert the rights of all the afflicted.
||Give strong drink to him who is perishing,
And wine to him whose life is bitter.
||Let him drink and forget his poverty
And remember his trouble no more.
||Open your mouth for the mute,
For the rights of all the unfortunate.
||Open your mouth, judge righteously,
And defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.
||An excellent wife, who can find?
For her worth is far above jewels.
||The heart of her husband trusts in her,
And he will have no lack of gain.
||She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
||She looks for wool and flax
And works with her hands in delight.
||She is like merchant ships;
She brings her food from afar.
||She rises also while it is still night
And gives food to her household
And portions to her maidens.
||She considers a field and buys it;
From her earnings she plants a vineyard.
||She girds herself with strength
And makes her arms strong.
||She senses that her gain is good;
Her lamp does not go out at night.
||She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hands grasp the spindle.
||She extends her hand to the poor,
And she stretches out her hands to the needy.
||She is not afraid of the snow for her household,
For all her household are clothed with scarlet.
||She makes coverings for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
||Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
||She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies belts to the tradesmen.
||Strength and dignity are her clothing,
And she smiles at the future.
||She opens her mouth in wisdom,
And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
||She looks well to the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
||Her children rise up and bless her;
Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:
||"Many daughters have done nobly,
But you excel them all."
||Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
||Give her the product of her hands,
And let her works praise her in the gates.
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