Proverbs 31:5-15 NIV

5 lest they drink and forget what has been decreed, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.

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6 Let beer be for those who are perishing, wine for those who are in anguish!

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7 Let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.

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8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.

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9 Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.

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Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character

10 a A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.

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    • • 31:10 - Verses 10-31 are an acrostic poem, the verses of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
      11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.

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      12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
      13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.

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      14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.
      15 She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.