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Passage Lookup: Proverbs 31

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Proverbs 31:1
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Sayings of King Lemuel

The sayings(a) of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him.
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Proverbs 31:2
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Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb! Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers!(b)
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Proverbs 31:3
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Do not spend your strength[a] on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings.(c)
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Proverbs 31:4
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It is not for kings, Lemuel— it is not for kings to drink wine,(d) not for rulers to crave beer,
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Proverbs 31:5
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lest they drink(e) and forget what has been decreed,(f) and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.
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Proverbs 31:6
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Let beer be for those who are perishing, wine(g) for those who are in anguish!
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Proverbs 31:7
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Let them drink(h) and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.
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Proverbs 31:8
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Speak(i) up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.
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Proverbs 31:9
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Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.(j)
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Proverbs 31:10
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Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character

[b]A wife of noble character(k) who can find?(l) She is worth far more than rubies.
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Proverbs 31:11
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Her husband(m) has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.(n)
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Proverbs 31:12
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She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
Proverbs 31:13
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She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.(o)
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Proverbs 31:14
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She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.
Proverbs 31:15
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She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants.
Proverbs 31:16
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She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
Proverbs 31:17
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She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
Proverbs 31:18
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She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.
Proverbs 31:19
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In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
Proverbs 31:20
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She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.(p)
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Proverbs 31:21
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When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
Proverbs 31:22
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She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
Proverbs 31:23
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Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders(q) of the land.
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Proverbs 31:24
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She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.
Proverbs 31:25
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She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
Proverbs 31:26
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She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.(r)
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Proverbs 31:27
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She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Proverbs 31:28
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Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
Proverbs 31:29
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"Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."
Proverbs 31:30
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Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Proverbs 31:31
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Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise(s) at the city gate.
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