Proverbs 31:3
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New International Version
Do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings.

King James Bible
Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.

Darby Bible Translation
Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to them that destroy kings.

World English Bible
Don't give your strength to women, nor your ways to that which destroys kings.

Young's Literal Translation
Give not to women thy strength, And thy ways to wiping away of kings.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Give not thy strength - Do not waste thy substance on women.

In such intercourse the strength of body, soul and substance is destroyed.

Such connections are those which destroy kings, מלכין melachin, the Chaldee termination instead of the Hebrew.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Proverbs 5:9-11 Lest you give your honor to others, and your years to the cruel...

Proverbs 7:26,27 For she has cast down many wounded: yes, many strong men have been slain by her...

Hosea 4:11 Prostitution and wine and new wine take away the heart.

to that

Deuteronomy 17:17 Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.

Nehemiah 13:26 Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? yet among many nations was there no king like him, who was beloved of his God...

The Gospel Cordial
A Sermon (No. 3236) published on Thursday, February 9th, 1911 delivered by C.H. Spurgeon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington. on Lord's Day Evening, September 20th, 1863. "Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more."--Proverbs 31:6, 7. These somewhat singular sentences were spoken by the mother of Lemuel to her son, who was probably Solomon. She had already said to him,
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

Many specimens of the so-called Wisdom Literature are preserved for us in the book of Proverbs, for its contents are by no means confined to what we call proverbs. The first nine chapters constitute a continuous discourse, almost in the manner of a sermon; and of the last two chapters, ch. xxx. is largely made up of enigmas, and xxxi. is in part a description of the good housewife. All, however, are rightly subsumed under the idea of wisdom, which to the Hebrew had always moral relations. The Hebrew
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Deuteronomy 17:17
He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold.

1 Kings 11:1
King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh's daughter--Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites.

Nehemiah 13:26
Was it not because of marriages like these that Solomon king of Israel sinned? Among the many nations there was no king like him. He was loved by his God, and God made him king over all Israel, but even he was led into sin by foreign women.

Proverbs 5:9
lest you lose your honor to others and your dignity to one who is cruel,

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