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Proverbs 31

ESV 1 The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him: NIV 1 The sayings of King Lemuel--an oracle his mother taught him: ESV 2 What are you doing, my son? What are you doing, son of my womb? What are you doing, son of my vows? NIV 2 "O my son, O son of my womb, O son of my vows, ESV 3 Do not give your strength to women, your ways to those who destroy kings. NIV 3 do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings. ESV 4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to take strong drink, NIV 4 "It is not for kings, O Lemuel-- not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer, ESV 5 lest they drink and forget what has been decreed and pervert the rights of all the afflicted. NIV 5 lest they drink and forget what the law decrees, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights. ESV 6 Give strong drink to the one who is perishing, and wine to those in bitter distress; NIV 6 Give beer to those who are perishing, wine to those who are in anguish; ESV 7 let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more. NIV 7 let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more. ESV 8 Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. NIV 8 "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. ESV 9 Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy. NIV 9 Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy." ESV 10 An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. NIV 10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. ESV 11 The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. NIV 11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. ESV 12 She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life. NIV 12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. ESV 13 She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. NIV 13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. ESV 14 She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. NIV 14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. ESV 15 She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens. NIV 15 She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls. ESV 16 She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. NIV 16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. ESV 17 She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong. NIV 17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. ESV 18 She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night. NIV 18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. ESV 19 She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle. NIV 19 In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. ESV 20 She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy. NIV 20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. ESV 21 She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet. NIV 21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. ESV 22 She makes bed coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple. NIV 22 She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. ESV 23 Her husband is known in the gates when he sits among the elders of the land. NIV 23 Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. ESV 24 She makes linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchant. NIV 24 She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. ESV 25 Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. NIV 25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. ESV 26 She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. NIV 26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. ESV 27 She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. NIV 27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. ESV 28 Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: NIV 28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ESV 29 "Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all." NIV 29 "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all." ESV 30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. NIV 30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. ESV 31 Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates. NIV 31 Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.