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Proverbs 31 (asv)

Proverbs 31 (asv)

31:1The words of king Lemuel; the oracle which his mother taught him.

31:2What, my son? and what, O son of my womb?

And what, O son of my vows?

31:3Give not thy strength unto women,

Nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.

31:4It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine;

Nor for princes to say, Where is strong drink?

31:5Lest they drink, and forget the law,

And pervert the justice due to any that is afflicted.

31:6Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish,

And wine unto the bitter in soul:

31:7Let him drink, and forget his poverty,

And remember his misery no more.

31:8Open thy mouth for the dumb,

In the cause of all such as are left desolate.

31:9Open thy mouth, judge righteously,

And minister justice to the poor and needy.

31:10A worthy woman who can find?

For her price is far above rubies.

31:11The heart of her husband trusteth in her,

And he shall have no lack of gain.

31:12She doeth him good and not evil

All the days of her life.

31:13She seeketh wool and flax,

And worketh willingly with her hands.

31:14She is like the merchant-ships;

She bringeth her bread from afar.

31:15She riseth also while it is yet night,

And giveth food to her household,

And their task to her maidens.

31:16She considereth a field, and buyeth it;

With the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

31:17She girdeth her loins with strength,

And maketh strong her arms.

31:18She perceiveth that her merchandise is profitable:

Her lamp goeth not out by night.

31:19She layeth her hands to the distaff,

And her hands hold the spindle.

31:20She stretcheth out her hand to the poor;

Yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

31:21She is not afraid of the snow for her household;

For all her household are clothed with scarlet.

31:22She maketh for herself carpets of tapestry;

Her clothing is fine linen and purple.

31:23Her husband is known in the gates,

When he sitteth among the elders of the land.

31:24She maketh linen garments and selleth them,

And delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

31:25Strength and dignity are her clothing;

And she laugheth at the time to come.

31:26She openeth her mouth with wisdom;

And the law of kindness is on her tongue.

31:27She looketh well to the ways of her household,

And eateth not the bread of idleness.

31:28Her children rise up, and call her blessed;

Her husband also, and he praiseth her, saying:

31:29Many daughters have done worthily,

But thou excellest them all.

31:30Grace is deceitful, and beauty is vain;

But a woman that feareth Jehovah, she shall be praised.

31:31Give her of the fruit of her hands;

And let her works praise her in the gates.


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