Proverbs 31:8-18 NIV

8 "Speak1 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."2

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Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character

10 A wife of noble character3 who can find?4 She is worth far more than rubies.

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11 Her husband5 has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.6

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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.7

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14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.
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; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.