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Proverbs 31

A Mother’s Oracle

The words of King Lemuel, the oracle unto which his mother disciplined him:
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What, O my son?
And what, O son of my womb?
And what, O son of my vows?
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Do not give your excellence to women,
Or your ways to that which blots out kings.
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It is not for kings, O Lemuel,
It is not for kings to drink wine,
Or for rulers to desire strong drink,
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Lest he drink and forget what is decreed,
And pervert the justice of all the afflicted.
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Give strong drink to him who is perishing,
And wine to those whose soul is bitter.
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Let him drink and forget his poverty
And he will not remember his trouble any longer.
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Open your mouth for the mute,
For the justice of all those passing away.
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Open your mouth, judge righteously,
And render justice to the afflicted and needy.

A Woman Who Fears Yahweh

א Aleph
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An excellent wife, who can find?
For her worth is far above pearls.
ב Beth
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The heart of her husband trusts in her,
And he will have no lack of gain.
ג Gimel
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She deals bountifully with him for good and not evil
All the days of her life.
ד Daleth
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She searches for wool and flax
And works with her hands in delight.
ה He
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She is like merchant ships;
She brings her food from afar.
ו Vav
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And she rises while it is still night,
And gives food to her household
And a portion to her young women.
ז Zayin
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She makes plans for a field and buys it;
From the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
ח Heth
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She girds herself with strength
And makes her arms strong.
ט Teth
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She senses that her gain is good;
Her lamp does not go out at night.
י Yodh
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She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hands hold fast the spindle.
כ Kaph
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She extends her hand to the poor,
And she stretches out her hands to the needy.
ל Lamedh
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She is not afraid of the snow for her household,
For all her household are clothed with scarlet.
מ Mem
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She makes coverings for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
נ Nun
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Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits with the elders of the land.
ס Samekh
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She makes linen garments and sells them,
And gives belts to the tradesmen.
ע Ayin
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Strength and majesty are her clothing,
And she smiles at the future.
פ Pe
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She opens her mouth in wisdom,
And the instruction of lovingkindness is on her tongue.
צ Tsadhe
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She watches over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
ק Qoph
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Her children rise up and bless her;
As for her husband, he also praises her, saying:
ר Resh
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“Many daughters have done excellently,
But you have gone above them all.”
ש Shin
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Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears Yahweh, she shall be praised.
ת Tav
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Give to her from the fruit of her hands,
And let her works praise her in the gates.