THE PROVERBES. Chapter 31
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1 Lemuels lesson of chastitie and temperance. 6 The afflicted are to be comforted and defended. 10 The praise and properties of a good wife.
1The wordes of King Lemuel, the prophecie that his mother taught him.
2What, my sonne! and what, the sonne of my wombe! and what, the sonne of my vowes!
3Giue not thy strength vnto women, nor thy wayes to that which destroyeth kings.
4It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drinke wine, nor for Princes, strong drinke:
5Lest they drinke, and forget the Law, and peruert the iudgement of any of the afflicted.5
6Giue strong drinke vnto him that is ready to perish, and wine vnto those that be of heauie hearts.6
7Let him drinke, and forget his pouertie, and remember his misery no more.
8Open thy mouth for the dumbe in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.8
9Open thy mouth, iudge righteously, and plead the cause of the poore and needy.9
10¶ Who can finde a vertuous woman? for her price is farre aboue Rubies.10
11The heart of her husband doeth safely trust in her, so that he shall haue no need of spoile.
12She will doe him good, and not euill, all the dayes of her life.
13She seeketh wooll and flaxe, and worketh willingly with her hands.
14She is like the merchants ships, she bringeth her food from afarre.
The description of a good woman.
15Shee riseth also while it is yet night, and giueth meate to her household, and a portion to her maydens.
16She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her handes she planteth a Uineyard.16
17She girdeth her loynes with strength, and strengtheneth her armes.
18She perceiueth that her merchandise is good; her candle goeth not out by night.18
19She layeth her handes to the spindle, and her handes hold the distaffe.
20She stretcheth out her hand to the poore, yea she reacheth foorth her handes to the needy.20
21She is not afraid of the snow for her houshold: for all her houshold are cloathed with scarlet.21
22She maketh herselfe couerings of tapestrie; her cloathing is silke and purple.
23Her husband is knowen in the gates, when he sitteth among the Elders of the land.
24She maketh fine linnen, and selleth it, and deliuereth girdles vnto the merchant.
25Strength and honour are her cloathing; and she shall reioyce in time to come.
26She openeth her mouth with wisedome; and in her tongue is the law of kindnesse.
27She looketh well to the wayes of her housholde, and eateth not the bread of idlenesse.
28Her children arise vp, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
29Many daughters haue done vertuously, but thou excellest them all.29
30Fauour is deceitfull, and beautie is vaine: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shalbe praised.
31Giue her of the fruit of her hands, and let her owne workes praise her in the gates.
Original 1611 KJV Sidenote References for Proverbs Chapter 31
5 Hebr. alter. , Hebr. of all the sonnes of affliction.
6 Psal. 104. 15. , Hebr. bitter of soule.
8 Hebr. the sonnes of destruction.
9 Leuit. 19. 15. deut. 1. 16.
10 Chap. 12. 4.
16 Hebr. taketh.
18 Hebr. she tasteth.
20 Hebr she spreadeth.
21 Or, double garments.
29 Or, haue gotten riches.
* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania
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