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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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Ryan Elder's Proverbs Chapter 31 comment on 10/10/2014, 1:15pm...

I love this chapter because it portrays how a woman and a man should be that are in love first with God and with each other that are Married or even planning on marriage. I will have a relationship one day like this by faith and I know it because God loves me and I love him. I noticed how the woman is strong, successful and independent yet doesn 't need a man because the man is already wealthy In his spirit mind and body. Also the man is independent but is secure in knowing that his wife is doing him good and not evil all the days of his life, and there is great trust and loyalty in their relationship. Men love a woman who is secure enough to let the man lead a home and support his decisions and he must be humble enough to change his mind because the lord gives women wisdom who are in unity with their man. As far as children are concerned they are well taken care of and loved. This is how God wanted the family to be in the first place. don 't let anyone tell you any different and I wish you all much love and success in your family life God bless you!

 


Christal's Proverbs Chapter 31 comment about verse 10 on 9/28/2014, 6:55am...

I feel a virtous woman loves God as well as fears a life without doing her best to be the woman God wants her to be and not living as a good christian. She loves her husband and children. She will do everything she can to care for them and make sure their needs are placed before her needs. She also cares for others and helps others in need. She stands with her husband, trusts him, supports him in his decisions for their family, and trys her best to be a voice of reason for him during times of need. In short she is his best friend outside of God. She also shows loving, kindness, an careing in everything she does. She does not gossip, metal in other peoples business, or show an unkind heart to anyone and keeps her love of God and then family above all.

 


St's Proverbs Chapter 31 comment on 9/25/2014, 11:08am...

God 's standards are unaffected by the harsh circumstances we face from time to time. Our duty is to not fall short despite the adversity let God take care of the injustices. No court or law can do it as well as he can anyhow.

 


Frances's Proverbs Chapter 31 comment on 9/23/2014, 2:37pm...

and what happens when the wife does everything as 10 31 says, but the husband treats her with disrespect, tells other people, even in a court of law, that she does nothing takes her ideas and takes the credit for them with other people. Where does the bible say what a virtuous husband should be like, what he should do?

 


Sylvia Majetich's Proverbs Chapter 31 comment on 9/12/2014, 1:54pm...

The proverbs woman in this age is still industrious, keeping her home in order, and not being a gossip.most homes require 2 incomes in the west so simple living is harder to achieve. Differing to her husband, keeps the peace,mutual respect is above self.

 


Pray-er in Canada's Proverbs Chapter 31 comment on 8/05/2014, 8:27pm...

Crystal read the comment above yours Matthew Henry 's . It is very long, so click on where it says "click here " to see it. Since your husband knows everything, I wonder why he didn 't take the loving time to explain it more fully for his wife, treating her as Jesus would. Hmm?

 


Crystal's Proverbs Chapter 31 comment on 8/04/2014, 12:15am...

im very new to the bible and it is hard for meto understand anything in it. my husband ob the other hand knows everything without even looking at it, he told me to read this part..can someone please help me try and understand what this means?

 


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