Proverbs 31
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1Words of Lemuel, a king, a declaration that his mother taught him:

2“What, my son? And what, son of my womb? And what, son of my vows?

3Do not give your strength to women, "" And your ways to wiping away of kings.

4[It is] not for kings, O Lemuel, "" Not for kings, to drink wine, "" And for princes—a desire of strong drink.

5Lest he drink, and forget the decree, "" And change the judgment of any of the sons of affliction.

6Give strong drink to the perishing, "" And wine to the bitter in soul,

7He drinks, and forgets his poverty, "" And he does not remember his misery again.

8Open your mouth for the mute, "" For the right of all sons of change.

9Open your mouth, judge righteously, "" Both the cause of the poor and needy!”

10[ALEPH-BET] A woman of worth who finds? Indeed, her price [is] far above rubies.

11The heart of her husband has trusted in her, "" And he does not lack spoil.

12She has done him good, and not evil, "" All [the] days of her life.

13She has sought wool and flax, "" And with delight she works [with] her hands.

14She has been as ships of the merchant, "" She brings in her bread from afar.

15Indeed, she rises while yet night, "" And gives food to her household, "" And a portion to her girls.

16She has considered a field, and takes it, "" She has planted a vineyard from the fruit of her hands.

17She has girded her loins with might, "" And strengthens her arms.

18She has perceived when her merchandise [is] good, "" Her lamp is not extinguished in the night.

19She has sent forth her hands on a spindle, "" And her hands have held a distaff.

20She has spread forth her hand to the poor, "" Indeed, she sent forth her hands to the needy.

21She is not afraid of her household from snow, "" For all her household are clothed [with] scarlet.

22She has made ornamental coverings for herself, "" Silk and purple [are] her clothing.

23Her husband is known in the gates, "" In his sitting with [the] elderly of [the] land.

24She has made linen garments, and sells, "" And she has given a girdle to the merchant.

25Strength and honor [are] her clothing, "" And she rejoices at a latter day.

26She has opened her mouth in wisdom, "" And the law of kindness [is] on her tongue.

27She [is] watching the ways of her household, "" And she does not eat bread of sloth.

28Her sons have risen up, and pronounce her blessed, "" Her husband, and he praises her,

29“The daughters who have done worthily [are] many, "" You have gone up above them all.”

30Favor [is] deceitful, and beauty [is] vain, "" A woman fearing YHWH, she may boast herself.

31Give to her of the fruit of her hands, "" And her works praise her in the gates!

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Proverbs 30
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