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Proverbs 31:10–31

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10  rWho can find sa virtuous woman?

For ther price is far above urubies.

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 xseeketh wool, and flax,

And worketh willingly with her hands.

14  She is like the merchants’ ships;

She bringeth her food from afar.

15  yShe riseth also while it is yet night,

And zgiveth meat to her household,

And aa portion to her maidens.

16  bShe considereth a field, and buyeth it:

With the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

17  cShe girdeth her loins with qstrength,

And strengtheneth her arms.

18  She perceiveth that her merchandise is good:

Her dcandle goeth not out by night.

19  She layeth her hands to the spindle,

And her hands hold the edistaff.

20  She fstretcheth out her hand to the gpoor;

Yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the gneedy.

21  She is not afraid of the snow for her household:

For all her household are clothed with ||hscarlet.

22  She maketh herself icoverings of tapestry;

Her clothing is ksilk and lpurple.

23  mHer husband is known nin the gates,

nWhen he sitteth among the elders of the land.

24  She maketh ofine linen, and selleth it;

And delivereth girdles unto the pmerchant.

25  qStrength and honour are her clothing;

And rshe 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 tvirtuously,

But thou excellest them all.

30  uFavour 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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r

ch. 20:6.

s

Ruth 3:11. ch. 12:4. So Ecclus. 26:1. See ch. 18:22.

t
u

See Job 28:18.

x

Comp. ver. 21, 22, 24.

y

See ch. 20:13.

z
a

ch. 30:8.

b

Comp. Luke 14:18.

Heb. taketh. As Num. 21:25, &c.

c
q

ver. 17.

Heb. She tasteth. 1 Sam. 14:29.

d

See ch. 13:9.

e

2 Sam. 3:29 (Heb.).

Heb. She spreadeth. ch. 29:5.

f
g

ver. 9.

g

ver. 9.

||

Or, double garments.

h
i

ch. 7:16.

k

Gen. 41:42, text rather than marg. Comp. Rev. 19:8, 14.

l
m

ch. 12:4.

n
n
o

See Judg. 14:12 marg.

p

See Job 41:6.

q

ver. 17.

r

ch. 8:30, 31.

||

Or, have gotten s riches.

t

ch. 12:4. ver. 10.

u

Comp. ch. 11:16 (Heb.).