Proverbs 31:2
New International Version
Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb! Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers!

New Living Translation
O my son, O son of my womb, O son of my vows,

English Standard Version
What are you doing, my son? What are you doing, son of my womb? What are you doing, son of my vows?

Berean Study Bible
What shall I say, O my son? What, O son of my womb? What, O son of my vows?

New American Standard Bible
What, O my son? And what, O son of my womb? And what, O son of my vows?

King James Bible
What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?

Christian Standard Bible
What should I say, my son? What, son of my womb? What, son of my vows?

Contemporary English Version
My son Lemuel, you were born in answer to my prayers, so listen carefully.

Good News Translation
"You are my own dear son, the answer to my prayers. What shall I tell you?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What should I say, my son? What, son of my womb? What, son of my vows?

International Standard Version
No, my son! No, my son whom I conceived! No, my son to whom I gave birth!

NET Bible
O my son, O son of my womb, O son of my vows,

New Heart English Bible
"Oh, my son. Oh, son of my womb. Oh, son of my vows.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Oh, my son, oh, son of my body, and oh, son of my vows!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"What, my son? What, son to whom I gave birth? What, son of my prayers?

JPS Tanakh 1917
What, my son? and what, O son of my womb? And what, O son of my vows?

New American Standard 1977
What, O my son? And what, O son of my womb? And what, O son of my vows?

Jubilee Bible 2000
What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?

King James 2000 Bible
What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?

American King James Version
What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?

American Standard Version
What, my son? and what, O son of my womb? And what, O son of my vows?

Douay-Rheims Bible
What, O my beloved, what, O the beloved of my womb, what, O the beloved of my vows?

Darby Bible Translation
What, my son? and what, O son of my womb? and what, O son of my vows?

English Revised Version
What, my son? and what, O son of my womb, and what, O son of my vows?

Webster's Bible Translation
What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?

World English Bible
"Oh, my son! Oh, son of my womb! Oh, son of my vows!

Young's Literal Translation
'What, my son? and what, son of my womb? And what, son of my vows?
Study Bible
The Words of King Lemuel
1The words of King Lemuel—an oracle that his mother taught him: 2What shall I say, O my son? What, O son of my womb? What, O son of my vows? 3Do not spend your strength on women or your vigor on those who ruin kings.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 1:11
And she made a vow, pleading, "O LORD of Hosts, if only You will look upon the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, not forgetting Your maidservant but giving her a son, then I will dedicate him to the LORD all the days of his life, and no razor shall ever come over his head."

Proverbs 31:1
The words of King Lemuel--an oracle that his mother taught him:

Isaiah 49:15
"Can a woman forget her nursing child, or lack compassion for the son of her womb? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!

Treasury of Scripture

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Lexicon
What [shall I say],
מַה־ (mah-)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

O my son?
בְּ֭רִי (bə·rî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1248: The heir

What,
וּמַֽה־ (ū·mah-)
Conjunctive waw | Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

O son
בַּר־ (bar-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1248: The heir

of my womb?
בִּטְנִ֑י (biṭ·nî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 990: The belly, the womb, the bosom, body of anything

What,
וּ֝מֶה (ū·meh)
Conjunctive waw | Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

O son
בַּר־ (bar-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1248: The heir

of my vows?
נְדָרָֽי׃ (nə·ḏā·rāy)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5088: A promise, a thing promised
(2) What, my son?--i.e., what shall I say? The question, thrice repeated, shows her extreme anxiety to give good advice to this son, who was "tender, and only beloved in the sight of his mother."

The son of my vows.--Perhaps given, like Samuel, in answer to her prayers and vows.

Verses 2-9. - Here follows the exhortation, which seems to come from the same source as the "burden" of Agur above. In this section the connection and parallelism of the parts are exhibited by repetition of thought and often of words in the several clauses. Verse 2. - What, my son? Mah, "what," is repeated thrice, both to enforce the attention of the son, and to show the mother's anxious care for his good. She feels the vast importance of the occasion, and asks as in perplexity, "What shall I say? What advice shall I give thee?" "Son" is here not ben, but bar, one of the Aramaic forms which are found in these two last chapters. The word occurs also in Psalm 2:12. Son of my vows. This might mean, "son who wast asked in prayer," like Samuel (1 Samuel 1:11), and dedicated to God, as the name Lemuel implies; or it may signify, "thou who art the object of my daily vows and prayers." Septuagint, "What, my son, wilt thou observe (τηρήσεις)? What? the sayings of God. My firstborn son, to thee I speak. What, son of my womb? What, son of my vows?" 31:1-9 When children are under the mother's eye, she has an opportunity of fashioning their minds aright. Those who are grown up, should often call to mind the good teaching they received when children. The many awful instances of promising characters who have been ruined by vile women, and love of wine, should warn every one to avoid these evils. Wine is to be used for want or medicine. Every creature of God is good, and wine, though abused, has its use. By the same rule, due praise and consolation should be used as cordials to the dejected and tempted, not administered to the confident and self-sufficient. All in authority should be more carefully temperate even than other men; and should be protectors of those who are unable or afraid to plead their own cause. Our blessed Lord did not decline the bitterest dregs of the cup of sorrow put into his hands; but he puts the cup of consolation into the hands of his people, and causes those to rejoice who are in the deepest distress.
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