The New King James Version

Proverbs 31:10–20

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The Virtuous Wife

10 jWho 3can find a 4virtuous wife?

For her worth is far above rubies.

11 The heart of her husband safely trusts her;

So he will have no lack of gain.

12 She does him good and not evil

All the days of her life.

13 She seeks wool and flax,

And willingly works with her hands.

14 She is like the merchant ships,

She brings her food from afar.

15 kShe also rises while it is yet night,

And lprovides food for her household,

And a portion for her maidservants.

16 She considers a field and buys it;

From 5her profits she plants a vineyard.

17 She girds herself with strength,

And strengthens her arms.

18 She perceives that her merchandise is good,

And her lamp does not go out by night.

19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff,

And her hand holds the spindle.

20 mShe extends her hand to the poor,

Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.

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Vv. 10–31 are an alphabetic acrostic in Hebrew; cf. Ps. 119


Lit. a wife of valor, in the sense of all forms of excellence


Lit. the fruit of her hands