Proverbs

Proverbs 31 ©

1Lemuel's lesson of temperance and chastity. 6The afflicted are to be comforted, and the poor defended. 10The praise and properties of a virtuous woman.

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THE words of king aLemuel, the 1prophecy that his bmother taught him.

a v.4. ch. 10.1.
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cWhat, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?

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dGive not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways eto that which destroyeth kings.

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It is fnot for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:

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gLest they drink, and forget the law, and 2pervert the judgment 3of any of the afflicted.

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hGive strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be 4of heavy hearts.

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Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.

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iOpen thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all 5such as are appointed to destruction.

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Open thy mouth, jjudge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

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kWho can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

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The lheart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

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She mwill do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

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She nseeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

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She ois like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

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She priseth also while it is yet night, and giveth *meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

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She qconsidereth a field, and 6buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

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She rgirdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

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She 7perceiveth that her merchandise is good: sher candle goeth not out by night.

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She tlayeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the *distaff.

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She ustretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, 8she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

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She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with 9scarlet.

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She vmaketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

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Her husband is known win the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

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She xmaketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

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yStrength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

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She zopeneth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

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She alooketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

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Her bchildren arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

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Many daughters 10have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

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cFavour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but da woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

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eGive her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.