Devotional Readings

Proverbs 31 – By and About a Good Woman

I noticed today that this teaching was given to King Lemuel by his mother.

The section we are most glad to have begins in verse 10.

The Words of King Lemuel

Pro 31:1  The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.


Pro 31:2  What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?

Pro 31:3  Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.

Pro 31:4  It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:

Pro 31:5  Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.

Pro 31:6  Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.

Pro 31:7  Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.

Pro 31:8  Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.

Pro 31:9  Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

Pro 31:10  Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

Pro 31:11  The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

Pro 31:12  She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.


Pro 31:13  She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

Pro 31:14  She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

Pro 31:15  She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

Pro 31:16  She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

Pro 31:17  She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

Pro 31:18  She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

Pro 31:19  She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

Pro 31:20  She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

Pro 31:21  She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

Pro 31:22  She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.


Pro 31:23  Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.


Pro 31:24  She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

Pro 31:25  Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

Pro 31:26  She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

Pro 31:27  She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.


Pro 31:28  Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.


Pro 31:29  Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.


Pro 31:30  Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.


Pro 31:31  Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

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