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Passage Lookup: Proverbs 31

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Proverbs 31:1
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The words of King Lemuel, the [a]oracle which his mother taught him:
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Proverbs 31:2
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What, O my son? And what, O (a)son of my womb? And what, O son of my (b)vows?
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Proverbs 31:3
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(c)Do not give your strength to women, Or your ways to that which (d)destroys kings.
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Proverbs 31:4
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It is not for (e)kings, O Lemuel, It is not for kings to (f)drink wine, Or for rulers to desire strong drink,
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Proverbs 31:5
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For they will drink and forget what is decreed, And (g)pervert the [b]rights of all the [c]afflicted.
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Proverbs 31:6
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Give strong drink to him who is (h)perishing, And wine to him [d](i)whose life is bitter.
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Proverbs 31:7
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Let him drink and forget his poverty And remember his trouble no more.
Proverbs 31:8
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(j)Open your mouth for the mute, For the [e]rights of all the [f]unfortunate.
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Proverbs 31:9
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Open your mouth, (k)judge righteously, And [g]defend the (l)rights of the afflicted and needy.
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Proverbs 31:10
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An (m)excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far (n)above jewels.
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Proverbs 31:11
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The heart of her husband trusts in her, And he will have no lack of gain.
Proverbs 31:12
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She does him good and not evil All the days of her life.
Proverbs 31:13
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She looks for wool and flax And works with her [h]hands [i]in delight.
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Proverbs 31:14
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She is like (o)merchant ships; She brings her food from afar.
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Proverbs 31:15
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She (p)rises also while it is still night And (q)gives food to her household And [j]portions to her maidens.
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Proverbs 31:16
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She considers a field and buys it; From [k]her earnings she plants a vineyard.
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Proverbs 31:17
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She (r)girds [l]herself with strength And makes her arms strong.
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Proverbs 31:18
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She senses that her gain is good; Her lamp does not go out at night.
Proverbs 31:19
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She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her [m]hands grasp the spindle.
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Proverbs 31:20
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She [n](s)extends her hand to the poor, And she stretches out her hands to the needy.
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Proverbs 31:21
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She is not afraid of the snow for her household, For all her household are (t)clothed with scarlet.
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Proverbs 31:22
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She makes (u)coverings for herself; Her clothing is (v)fine linen and (w)purple.
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Proverbs 31:23
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Her husband is known (x)in the gates, When he sits among the elders of the land.
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Proverbs 31:24
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She makes (y)linen garments and sells them, And [o]supplies belts to the [p]tradesmen.
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Proverbs 31:25
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Strength and (z)dignity are her clothing, And she smiles at the [q]future.
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Proverbs 31:26
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She (aa)opens her mouth in wisdom, And the [r]teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
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Proverbs 31:27
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She looks well to the ways of her household, And does not eat the (ab)bread of idleness.
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Proverbs 31:28
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Her children rise up and bless her; Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:
Proverbs 31:29
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"Many daughters have done nobly, But you excel them all."
Proverbs 31:30
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Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who [s](ac)fears the Lord , she shall be praised.
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Proverbs 31:31
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Give her the [t]product of her hands, And let her works praise her in the gates.
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