Proverbs 31 Notes, Meaning, and Commentary

Proverbs 31


Proverbs 31:1

The words of king Lemuel; the oracle which his mother taught him.

Proverbs 31:2

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

Proverbs 31:3

Give not thy strength unto women, Nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.

Proverbs 31:4

It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; Nor for princes [to say], Where is strong drink?

Proverbs 31:5

Lest they drink, and forget the law, And pervert the justice [due] to any that is afflicted.

Proverbs 31:6

Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, And wine unto the bitter in soul:

Proverbs 31:7

Let him drink, and forget his poverty, And remember his misery no more.

Proverbs 31:8

Open thy mouth for the dumb, In the cause of all such as are left desolate.

Proverbs 31:9

Open thy mouth, judge righteously, And minister justice to the poor and needy.

Proverbs 31:10

A worthy woman who can find? For her price is far above rubies.

Proverbs 31:11

The heart of her husband trusteth in her, And he shall have no lack of gain.

Proverbs 31:12

She doeth him good and not evil All the days of her life.

Proverbs 31:13

She seeketh wool and flax, And worketh willingly with her hands.

Proverbs 31:14

She is like the merchant-ships; She bringeth her bread from afar.

Proverbs 31:15

She riseth also while it is yet night, And giveth food to her household, And their task to her maidens.

Proverbs 31:16

She considereth a field, and buyeth it; With the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

Proverbs 31:17

She girdeth her loins with strength, And maketh strong her arms.

Proverbs 31:18

She perceiveth that her merchandise is profitable: Her lamp goeth not out by night.

Proverbs 31:19

She layeth her hands to the distaff, And her hands hold the spindle.

Proverbs 31:20

She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; Yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

Proverbs 31:21

She is not afraid of the snow for her household; For all her household are clothed with scarlet.

Proverbs 31:22

She maketh for herself carpets of tapestry; Her clothing is fine linen and purple.

Proverbs 31:23

Her husband is known in the gates, When he sitteth among the elders of the land.

Proverbs 31:24

She maketh linen garments and selleth them, And delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

Proverbs 31:25

Strength and dignity are her clothing; And she laugheth at the time to come.

Proverbs 31:26

She openeth her mouth with wisdom; And the law of kindness is on her tongue.

Proverbs 31:27

She looketh well to the ways of her household, And eateth not the bread of idleness.

Proverbs 31:28

Her children rise up, and call her blessed; Her husband [also], and he praiseth her, [saying]:

Proverbs 31:29

Many daughters have done worthily, But thou excellest them all.

Proverbs 31:30

Grace is deceitful, and beauty is vain; [But] a woman that feareth Jehovah, she shall be praised.

Proverbs 31:31

Give her of the fruit of her hands; And let her works praise her in the gates.

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