Proverbs 31 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The words of King Lemuel of Massa, which his mother taught him: 1 The sayings of King Lemuel--an oracle his mother taught him:
2 No, my son! No, son of my womb! No, son of my solemn promises! 2 "O my son, O son of my womb, O son of my vows,
3 Don't give your strength to women, your ways to those who wipe out kings. 3 do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings.
4 It isn't for kings, Lemuel, it isn't for kings to drink wine, for rulers to crave strong drink. 4 "It is not for kings, O Lemuel-- not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer,
5 Otherwise, they will drink and forget the law, and violate the rights of the needy. 5 lest they drink and forget what the law decrees, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.
6 Give strong drink to those who are perishing and wine to those whose hearts are bitter. 6 Give beer to those who are perishing, wine to those who are in anguish;
7 Let them drink and forget their poverty and no longer remember their toil. 7 let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.
8 Speak out on behalf of the voiceless, and for the rights of all who are vulnerable. 8 "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.
9 Speak out in order to judge with righteousness and to defend the needy and the poor. 9 Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy."
10 A competent wife, how does one find her? Her value is far above pearls. 10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband entrusts his heart to her, and with her he will have all he needs. 11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good and not trouble all the days of her life. 12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
13 She seeks out wool and flax; she works joyfully with her hands. 13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.
14 She is like a fleet of merchant ships, bringing food from a distance. 14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night, providing food for her household, even some for her female servants. 15 She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.
16 She surveys a field and acquires it; from her own resources, she plants a vineyard. 16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She works energetically; her arms are powerful. 17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She realizes that her trading is successful; she doesn't put out her lamp at night. 18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 She puts her hands to the spindle; her palms grasp the whorl. 19 In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She reaches out to the needy; she stretches out her hands to the poor. 20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
21 She doesn't fear for her household when it snows, because they are all dressed in warm clothes. 21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes bedspreads for herself; fine linen and purple are her clothing. 22 She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the city gates when he sits with the elders of the land. 23 Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes garments and sells them; she supplies sashes to traders. 24 She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 Strength and honor are her clothing; she is confident about the future. 25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
26 Her mouth is full of wisdom; kindly teaching is on her tongue. she doesn't eat the food of laziness. 26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She is vigilant over the activities of her household; 27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children bless her; her husband praises her: 28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
29 "Many women act competently, but you surpass them all!" 29 "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."
30 Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. 30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31 Let her share in the results of her work; let her deeds praise her in the city gates. 31 Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.