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Proverbs 31

NCV 1 These are the words of King Lemuel, the mes- sage his mother taught him: NIV 1 The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him. NCV 2 "My son, I gave birth to you. You are the son I prayed for. NIV 2 Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb! Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers! NCV 3 Don't waste your strength on women or your time on those who ruin kings. NIV 3 Do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings. NCV 4 "Kings should not drink wine, Lemuel, and rulers should not desire beer. NIV 4 It is not for kings, Lemuel— it is not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer, NCV 5 If they drink, they might forget the law and keep the needy from getting their rights. NIV 5 lest they drink and forget what has been decreed, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights. NCV 6 Give beer to people who are dying and wine to those who are sad. NIV 6 Let beer be for those who are perishing, wine for those who are in anguish! NCV 7 Let them drink and forget their need and remember their misery no more. NIV 7 Let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more. NCV 8 "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; defend the rights of all those who have nothing. NIV 8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. NCV 9 Speak up and judge fairly, and defend the rights of the poor and needy." NIV 9 Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. NCV 10 It is hard to find a good wife, because she is worth more than rubies. NIV 10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. NCV 11 Her husband trusts her completely. With her, he has everything he needs. NIV 11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. NCV 12 She does him good and not harm for as long as she lives. NIV 12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. NCV 13 She looks for wool and flax and likes to work with her hands. NIV 13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. NCV 14 She is like a trader's ship, bringing food from far away. NIV 14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. NCV 15 She gets up while it is still dark and prepares food for her family and feeds her servant girls. NIV 15 She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants. NCV 16 She inspects a field and buys it. With money she earned, she plants a vineyard. NIV 16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. NCV 17 She does her work with energy, and her arms are strong. NIV 17 She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. NCV 18 She knows that what she makes is good. Her lamp burns late into the night. NIV 18 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. NCV 19 She makes thread with her hands and weaves her own cloth. NIV 19 In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. NCV 20 She welcomes the poor and helps the needy. NIV 20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. NCV 21 She does not worry about her family when it snows, because they all have fine clothes to keep them warm. NIV 21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. NCV 22 She makes coverings for herself; her clothes are made of linen and other expensive material. NIV 22 She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. NCV 23 Her husband is known at the city meetings, where he makes decisions as one of the leaders of the land. NIV 23 Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. NCV 24 She makes linen clothes and sells them and provides belts to the merchants. NIV 24 She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. NCV 25 She is strong and is respected by the people. She looks forward to the future with joy. NIV 25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. NCV 26 She speaks wise words and teaches others to be kind. NIV 26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. NCV 27 She watches over her family and never wastes her time. NIV 27 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. NCV 28 Her children speak well of her. Her husband also praises her, NIV 28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: NCV 29 saying, "There are many fine women, but you are better than all of them." NIV 29 “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” NCV 30 Charm can fool you, and beauty can trick you, but a woman who respects 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. NCV 31 Give her the reward she has earned; she should be praised in public for what she has done. 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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