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1 The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.

2 What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the 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 strong drink:

5 Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.

6 Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.

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 appointed to destruction.

9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

12 She will do 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 merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

Proverbs Chapter 31: The Excellent Woman
The Excellent Woman
Proverbs Chapter 31 : 10

15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion 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 strengtheneth her arms.

18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

20 She stretcheth 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 herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

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

24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

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

28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

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 own works praise her in the gates.

 


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Matthew Henry's Proverbs Chapter 31 Bible commentary...



An exhortation to king Lemuel to take heed of sin, and to do duties. (1-9) The description of a virtuous woman. (10-31)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.

10-31 This is the description of a virtuous woman of those days, but the general outlines equally suit every age and nation. She is very careful to recommend herself to her husband's esteem and affection, to know his mind, and is willing that he rule over her. 1. She can be trusted, and he will leave such a wife to manage for him. He is happy in her. And she makes it her constant business to do him good. 2. She is one that takes pains in her duties, and takes pleasure in them. She is careful to fill up time, that none be lost. She rises early. She applies herself to the business proper for her, to women's business. She does what she does, with all her power, and trifles not. 3. She makes what she does turn to good account by prudent management. Many undo themselves by buying, without considering whether they can afford it. She provides well for her house. She lays up for hereafter. 4. She looks well to the ways of her household, that she may oblige all to do their duty to God and one another, as well as to her. 5. She is intent upon giving as upon getting, and does it freely and cheerfully. 6. She is discreet and obliging; every word she says, shows she governs herself by the rules of wisdom. She not only takes prudent measures herself, but gives prudent advice to others. The law of love and kindness is written in the heart, and shows itself in the tongue. Her heart is full of another world, even when her hands are most busy about this world. 7. Above all, she fears the Lord. Beauty recommends none to God, nor is it any proof of wisdom and goodness, but it has deceived many a man who made his choice of a wife by it. But the fear of God reigning in the heart, is the beauty of the soul; it lasts for ever. 8. She has firmness to bear up under crosses and disappointments. She shall reflect with comfort when she comes to be old, that she was not idle or useless when young. She shall rejoice in a world to come. She is a great blessing to her relations. If the fruit be good, the tree must have our good word. But she leaves it to her own works to praise her. Every one ought to desire this honour that cometh from God; and according to this standard we all ought to regulate our judgments. This description let all women daily study, who desire to be truly beloved and respected, useful and honourable. This passage is to be applied to individuals, but may it not also be applied to the church of God, which is described as a virtuous spouse? God by his grace has formed from among sinful men a church of true believers, to possess all the excellences here described.

 


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Nissy's Proverbs Chapter 31 comment on 4/19/2014, 1:43am...

I have always believed in this verse and tried to live accordingly even though I am not married. In as much as many will I am in no position to talk about marriage. This verse talks about a faithful woman. I think is a shame for people to use this verse to blame people. The Bible ask men to love their wives as Jesus love the church and women to have the fear of God. If both parties in a marriage understand this and of course put God as the pillar of their marriage, marriage would not look like prison or someone oppressing the other. If the husband is week is because the partner did not offer that support likewise the wife.

 


Kanja's Proverbs Chapter 31 comment on 3/31/2014, 11:11am...

Proverbs 31 28 is the picture of the perfect Godly family.

 


Janet's Proverbs Chapter 31 comment on 3/23/2014, 8:31am...

I think if a lot of women took this chapter to heart there would be a lot less divorce I am not saying divorce is all a woman s fault it s not but there are so many women instead of wanting to stay at home and nurture their husband children and home they work to have the biggest car the finest house etc not all women some have no choice but to work just to be able to feed and clothe their family my mom worked all of my life because of a need and we were still very poor Women today seem to want to rule their husbands and that is no God s way I think our children would be so much better off today if they had more parent time

 


Zb's Proverbs Chapter 31 comment on 3/17/2014, 9:15am...

i realized how much the virtuous women actually does and how much my mom does thank you MOM

 


Swainmamie's Proverbs Chapter 31 comment about verse 10 on 2/15/2014, 4:48pm...

A virtuous woman is one who fears God and cares for her household

 


Sheree's Proverbs Chapter 31 comment on 1/11/2014, 10:21am...

It is wise to understand the knowledge of the Lord in selecting a mate..Do not be deceive by the world standards.. God knows what satisfy the soul..I had to learn that lesson the hard way..

 


Sheri's Proverbs Chapter 31 comment on 1/01/2014, 3:00pm...

I seriously have issues with todays females in regards to being a woman,further more few if any understand the position an power god has given woman. You can preach all day long as to what a womans job is but it the older woman who are to teach the younger how to live an behave thusly we have dropped the ball an allowed the world to come into our lives/churches distorting the truth. I have all the freedom an liberty via my relationship with God I need not have the world define it.A male who understands his position before his God an wife need not have anyone define him. Marriage is not a prison that a husband holds the keys an the woman toils after him rather it is a union of working together for the good for the Kingdom of God. An if you cannot do that remain single an chaste an see to those who are need of love clothing food,see to the youth who are lost an confused an see to the truth which as a believer you are held accountable for.

 


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