Proverbs 31 NRS/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that 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 vows! 2 "O my son, O son of my womb, O son of my vows,
3 Do not give your strength to women, your ways to those who destroy kings. 3 do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings.
4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to desire strong drink; 4 "It is not for kings, O Lemuel-- not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer,
5 or else they will drink and forget what has been decreed, and will pervert the rights of all the afflicted. 5 lest they drink and forget what the law decrees, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.
6 Give strong drink to one who is perishing, and wine to those in bitter distress; 6 Give beer to those who are perishing, wine to those who are in anguish;
7 let them drink and forget their poverty, and remember their misery no more. 7 let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.
8 Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. 8 "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.
9 Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy. 9 Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy."
10 A capable wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. 10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. 11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
12 She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. 12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
13 She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. 13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the ships of the merchant, she brings her food from far away. 14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.
15 She rises while it is still night and provides food for her household and tasks 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 considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. 16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She girds herself with strength, and makes her arms strong. 17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out 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 distaff, and her hands hold the spindle. 19 In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her hand to the poor, and reaches out her hands to the needy. 20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid for her household when it snows, for all her household are clothed in crimson. 21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes herself coverings; her clothing is fine linen and purple. 22 She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the city gates, taking his seat among 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 linen garments and sells them; she supplies the merchant with sashes. 24 She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. 25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. 26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. 27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children rise up and call her happy; her husband too, and he praises her: 28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
29 "Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all." 29 "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."
30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, 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 Give her a share in the fruit of her hands, and let her works 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.