Proverbs 31 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 These are the sayings of King Lemuel, an oracle that his mother taught him. 1 The sayings of King Lemuel--an oracle his mother taught him:
2 O my son, O son of my womb, O son of my promises, 2 "O my son, O son of my womb, O son of my vows,
3 do not spend your strength on women, on those who ruin kings. 3 do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings.
4 And it is not for kings, O Lemuel, to guzzle wine. Rulers should not crave liquor. 4 "It is not for kings, O Lemuel-- not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer,
5 For if they drink, they may forget their duties and be unable to give justice to those who are oppressed. 5 lest they drink and forget what the law decrees, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.
6 Liquor is for the dying, and wine for those in deep depression. 6 Give beer to those who are perishing, wine to those who are in anguish;
7 Let them drink to forget their poverty and remember their troubles no more. 7 let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.
8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those who are perishing. 8 "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.
9 Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice. 9 Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy."
10 Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is worth more than precious rubies. 10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. 11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
12 She will not hinder him but help him all her life. 12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
13 She finds wool and flax and busily spins it. 13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.
14 She is like a merchant's ship; she brings her food from afar. 14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day's work for her servant girls. 15 She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.
16 She goes out to inspect a field and buys it; with her earnings she plants a vineyard. 16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She is energetic and strong, a hard worker. 17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She watches for bargains; her lights burn late into the night. 18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 Her hands are busy spinning thread, her fingers twisting fiber. 19 In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy. 20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
21 She has no fear of winter for her household because all of them have warm clothes. 21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She quilts her own bedspreads. She dresses like royalty in gowns of finest cloth. 22 She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is well known, for he sits in the council meeting with the other civic leaders. 23 Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes belted linen garments and sashes to sell to the merchants. 24 She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs with no fear of the future. 25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
26 When she speaks, her words are wise, and kindness is the rule when she gives instructions. 26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She carefully watches all that goes on in her household and does not have to bear the consequences of laziness. 27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: 28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
29 "There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!" 29 "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the LORD will be greatly praised. 30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31 Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise. 31 Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.