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Proverbs 31 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The words of King Lemuel, the strong advice his mother gave him: 1 The sayings of King Lemuel--an oracle his mother taught him:
2 "Oh, son of mine, what can you be thinking of! Child whom I bore! The son I dedicated to God! 2 "O my son, O son of my womb, O son of my vows,
3 Don't dissipate your virility on fortune-hunting women, promiscuous women who shipwreck leaders. 3 do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings.
4 "Leaders can't afford to make fools of themselves, gulping wine and swilling beer, 4 "It is not for kings, O Lemuel-- not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer,
5 Lest, hung over, they don't know right from wrong, and the people who depend on them are hurt. 5 lest they drink and forget what the law decrees, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.
6 Use wine and beer only as sedatives, to kill the pain and dull the ache 6 Give beer to those who are perishing, wine to those who are in anguish;
7 Of the terminally ill, for whom life is a living death. 7 let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.
8 "Speak up for the people who have no voice, for the rights of all the down-and-outers. 8 "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.
9 Speak out for justice! Stand up for the poor and destitute!" 9 Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy."
10 A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds. 10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it. 11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
12 Never spiteful, she treats him generously all her life long. 12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
13 She shops around for the best yarns and cottons, and enjoys knitting and sewing. 13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.
14 She's like a trading ship that sails to faraway places and brings back exotic surprises. 14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.
15 She's up before dawn, preparing breakfast for her family and organizing her day. 15 She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.
16 She looks over a field and buys it, then, with money she's put aside, plants a garden. 16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 First thing in the morning, she dresses for work, rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started. 17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She senses the worth of her work, is in no hurry to call it quits for the day. 18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 She's skilled in the crafts of home and hearth, diligent in homemaking. 19 In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She's quick to assist anyone in need, reaches out to help the poor. 20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
21 She doesn't worry about her family when it snows; their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear. 21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes her own clothing, and dresses in colorful linens and silks. 22 She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is greatly respected when he deliberates with the city fathers. 23 Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She designs gowns and sells them, brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops. 24 She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 Her clothes are well-made and elegant, and she always faces tomorrow with a smile. 25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
26 When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say, and she always says it kindly. 26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She keeps an eye on everyone in her household, and keeps them all busy and productive. 27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children respect and bless her; her husband joins in with words of praise: 28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
29 "Many women have done wonderful things, but you've outclassed them all!" 29 "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."
30 Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades. The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God. 30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31 Give her everything she deserves! Festoon her life with praises! 31 Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.