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Proverbs 31

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Sayings of King Lemuel

1 The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him.

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Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb!
Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers!

3 Do not spend your strength[a] on women,
your vigor on those who ruin kings.

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4

It is not for kings, Lemuel—
it is not for kings to drink wine,
not for rulers to crave beer,

5 lest they drink and forget what has been decreed,
and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.

6 Let beer be for those who are perishing,
wine for those who are in anguish!

7 Let them drink and forget their poverty
and remember their misery no more.

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8

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.

9 Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy.

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Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character

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[b] A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.

Footnotes:

a. Proverbs 31:3 Or wealth
b. Proverbs 31:10 Verses 10-31 are an acrostic poem, the verses of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
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