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Proverbs 31

GNT 1 These are the solemn words which King Lemuel's mother said to him: NIV 1 The sayings of King Lemuel--an oracle his mother taught him: GNT 2 "You are my own dear son, the answer to my prayers. What shall I tell you? NIV 2 "O my son, O son of my womb, O son of my vows, GNT 3 Don't spend all your energy on sex and all your money on women; they have destroyed kings. NIV 3 do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings. GNT 4 Listen, Lemuel. Kings should not drink wine or have a craving for alcohol. NIV 4 "It is not for kings, O Lemuel-- not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer, GNT 5 When they drink, they forget the laws and ignore the rights of people in need. NIV 5 lest they drink and forget what the law decrees, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights. GNT 6 Alcohol is for people who are dying, for those who are in misery. NIV 6 Give beer to those who are perishing, wine to those who are in anguish; GNT 7 Let them drink and forget their poverty and unhappiness. NIV 7 let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more. GNT 8 "Speak up for people who cannot speak for themselves. Protect the rights of all who are helpless. NIV 8 "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. GNT 9 Speak for them and be a righteous judge. Protect the rights of the poor and needy." NIV 9 Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy." GNT 10 How hard it is to find a capable wife! She is worth far more than jewels! NIV 10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. GNT 11 Her husband puts his confidence in her, and he will never be poor. NIV 11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. GNT 12 As long as she lives, she does him good and never harm. NIV 12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. GNT 13 She keeps herself busy making wool and linen cloth. NIV 13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. GNT 14 She brings home food from out-of-the-way places, as merchant ships do. NIV 14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. GNT 15 She gets up before daylight to prepare food for her family and to tell her servant women what to do. NIV 15 She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls. GNT 16 She looks at land and buys it, and with money she has earned she plants a vineyard. NIV 16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. GNT 17 She is a hard worker, strong and industrious. NIV 17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. GNT 18 She knows the value of everything she makes, and works late into the night. NIV 18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. GNT 19 She spins her own thread and weaves her own cloth. NIV 19 In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. GNT 20 She is generous to the poor and needy. NIV 20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. GNT 21 She doesn't worry when it snows, because her family has warm clothing. NIV 21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. GNT 22 She makes bedspreads and wears clothes of fine purple linen. NIV 22 She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. GNT 23 Her husband is well known, one of the leading citizens. NIV 23 Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. GNT 24 She makes clothes and belts, and sells them to merchants. NIV 24 She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. GNT 25 She is strong and respected and not afraid of the future. NIV 25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. GNT 26 She speaks with a gentle wisdom. NIV 26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. GNT 27 She is always busy and looks after her family's needs. NIV 27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. GNT 28 Her children show their appreciation, and her husband praises her. NIV 28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: GNT 29 He says, "Many women are good wives, but you are the best of them all." NIV 29 "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all." GNT 30 Charm is deceptive and beauty disappears, but a woman who honors the Lord should be praised. NIV 30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. GNT 31 Give her credit for all she does. She deserves the respect of everyone. NIV 31 Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.