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Proverbs 31

MSG 1 The words of King Lemuel, the strong advice his mother gave him: NIV 1 The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him. MSG 2 "Oh, son of mine, what can you be thinking of! Child whom I bore! The son I dedicated to God! NIV 2 Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb! Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers! MSG 3 Don't dissipate your virility on fortune-hunting women, promiscuous women who shipwreck leaders. NIV 3 Do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings. MSG 4 "Leaders can't afford to make fools of themselves, gulping wine and swilling beer, NIV 4 It is not for kings, Lemuel— it is not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer, MSG 5 Lest, hung over, they don't know right from wrong, and the people who depend on them are hurt. NIV 5 lest they drink and forget what has been decreed, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights. MSG 6 Use wine and beer only as sedatives, to kill the pain and dull the ache NIV 6 Let beer be for those who are perishing, wine for those who are in anguish! MSG 7 Of the terminally ill, for whom life is a living death. NIV 7 Let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more. MSG 8 "Speak up for the people who have no voice, for the rights of all the down-and-outers. NIV 8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. MSG 9 Speak out for justice! Stand up for the poor and destitute!" NIV 9 Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. MSG 10 A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds. NIV 10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. MSG 11 Her husband trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it. NIV 11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. MSG 12 Never spiteful, she treats him generously all her life long. NIV 12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. MSG 13 She shops around for the best yarns and cottons, and enjoys knitting and sewing. NIV 13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. MSG 14 She's like a trading ship that sails to faraway places and brings back exotic surprises. NIV 14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. MSG 15 She's up before dawn, preparing breakfast for her family and organizing her day. NIV 15 She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants. MSG 16 She looks over a field and buys it, then, with money she's put aside, plants a garden. NIV 16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. MSG 17 First thing in the morning, she dresses for work, rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started. NIV 17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. MSG 18 She senses the worth of her work, is in no hurry to call it quits for the day. NIV 18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. MSG 19 She's skilled in the crafts of home and hearth, diligent in homemaking. NIV 19 In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. MSG 20 She's quick to assist anyone in need, reaches out to help the poor. NIV 20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. MSG 21 She doesn't worry about her family when it snows; their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear. NIV 21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. MSG 22 She makes her own clothing, and dresses in colorful linens and silks. NIV 22 She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. MSG 23 Her husband is greatly respected when he deliberates with the city fathers. NIV 23 Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. MSG 24 She designs gowns and sells them, brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops. NIV 24 She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. MSG 25 Her clothes are well-made and elegant, and she always faces tomorrow with a smile. NIV 25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. MSG 26 When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say, and she always says it kindly. NIV 26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. MSG 27 She keeps an eye on everyone in her household, and keeps them all busy and productive. NIV 27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. MSG 28 Her children respect and bless her; her husband joins in with words of praise: NIV 28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: MSG 29 "Many women have done wonderful things, but you've outclassed them all!" NIV 29 “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” MSG 30 Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades. The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God. NIV 30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. MSG 31 Give her everything she deserves! Festoon her life with praises! NIV 31 Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

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