Proverbs 31

ERV(i) 1 The words of king Lemuel; the oracle which his mother taught him 2 What, my son? and what, O son of my womb, and what, O son of my vows 3 Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings 4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes [to say], Where is strong drink 5 Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any that is afflicted 6 Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto the bitter in soul 7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more 8 Open thy mouth for the dumb, in the cause of all such as are left desolate 9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and minister judgment to the poor and needy 10 A virtuous woman who can find? for her price is far above rubies 11 The heart of her husband trusteth in her, and he shall have no lack of gain 12 She doeth him good and not evil all the days of her life 13 She seeketh wool and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands 14 She is like the merchant–ships; she bringeth her food from afar 15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and their task to her maidens 16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard 17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and maketh strong her arms 18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is profitable: her lamp goeth not out by night 19 She layeth her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle 20 She spreadeth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy 21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household; for all her household are clothed with scarlet 22 She maketh for herself carpets of tapestry; her clothing is fine linen and purple 23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land 24 She maketh linen garments and selleth them; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant 25 Strength and dignity are her clothing; and she laugheth at the time to come 26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and the law of kindness is on her tongue 27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness 28 Her children rise up, and call her blessed; her husband [also], and he praiseth her, [saying] 29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all 30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: [but] a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised 31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her works praise her in the gates