Proverbs 31:8-17 (KJV) (2024)

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

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

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

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

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

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

14She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

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

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

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

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8Speak(A) up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
9Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy.(B)

Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character

10[a]A wife of noble character(C) who can find?(D)
She is worth far more than rubies.
11Her husband(E) has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.(F)
12She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.(G)
14She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
15She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
16She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 31:10 Verses 10-31 are an acrostic poem, the verses of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

Cross references

  1. Proverbs 31:8 : S 1Sa 19:4
  2. Proverbs 31:9 : S Pr 24:23; 29:7
  3. Proverbs 31:10 : S Ru 3:11; S Pr 18:22
  4. Proverbs 31:10 : Pr 8:35
  5. Proverbs 31:11 : S Ge 2:18
  6. Proverbs 31:11 : S Pr 12:4
  7. Proverbs 31:13 : 1Ti 2:9-10
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8(A)Open your mouth for the mute,
for the rights of all who are destitute.[a]
9Open your mouth, (B)judge righteously,
(C)defend the rights of (D)the poor and needy.

The Woman Who Fears the Lord

10[b] (E)An excellent wife who can find?
She is far more precious than (F)jewels.
11The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
12She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
13She (G)seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.
14She is like the ships of the merchant;
she brings her food from afar.
15She (H)rises while it is yet night
and (I)provides food for her household
and portions for her maidens.
16She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17She (J)dresses herself[c] with strength
and makes her arms strong.

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 31:8 Hebrew are sons of passing away
  2. Proverbs 31:10 Verses 10–31 are an acrostic poem, each verse beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet
  3. Proverbs 31:17 Hebrew She girds her loins

Cross references

  1. Proverbs 31:8 : Job 29:12, 15, 16; [Isa. 1:17]
  2. Proverbs 31:9 : Lev. 19:15; Deut. 1:16
  3. Proverbs 31:9 : Jer. 22:16; [Isa. 1:17]
  4. Proverbs 31:9 : ver. 20; Ps. 40:17; 86:1
  5. Proverbs 31:10 : ch. 12:4; Ruth 3:11; [ch. 18:22; 19:14]
  6. Proverbs 31:10 : Job 28:18
  7. Proverbs 31:13 : [ver. 21, 22, 24]
  8. Proverbs 31:15 : [ch. 20:13]
  9. Proverbs 31:15 : Luke 12:42; [Ps. 111:5]
  10. Proverbs 31:17 : [ver. 25]
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8(A)Open your mouth for the mute,
For the [a]rights of all the [b]unfortunate.
9Open your mouth, (B)judge righteously,
And [c]defend the (C)rights of the afflicted and needy.

Description of a Worthy Woman

10An (D)excellent wife, who can find?
For her worth is far (E)above jewels.
11The heart of her husband trusts in her,
And he will have no lack of gain.
12She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
13She looks for wool and flax
And works with her [d]hands [e]in delight.
14She is like (F)merchant ships;
She brings her food from afar.
15She (G)rises also while it is still night
And (H)gives food to her household
And [f]portions to her maidens.
16She considers a field and buys it;
From [g]her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17She (I)girds [h]herself with strength
And makes her arms strong.

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 31:8 Lit judgment
  2. Proverbs 31:8 Lit sons of passing away
  3. Proverbs 31:9 Lit judge the afflicted
  4. Proverbs 31:13 Lit palms
  5. Proverbs 31:13 Or willingly
  6. Proverbs 31:15 Or prescribed tasks
  7. Proverbs 31:16 Lit the fruit of her palms
  8. Proverbs 31:17 Lit her loins

Cross references

  1. Proverbs 31:8 : Job 29:12-17; Ps 82
  2. Proverbs 31:9 : Lev 19:15; Deut 1:16
  3. Proverbs 31:9 : Is 1:17; Jer 22:16
  4. Proverbs 31:10 : Ruth 3:11; Prov 12:4; 19:14
  5. Proverbs 31:10 : Job 28:18; Prov 8:11
  6. Proverbs 31:14 : Ezek 27:25
  7. Proverbs 31:15 : Prov 20:13; Rom 12:11
  8. Proverbs 31:15 : Luke 12:42
  9. Proverbs 31:17 : 1 Kin 18:46; 2 Kin 4:29; Job 38:3
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8(A)Open your mouth for the speechless,
In the cause of all who are [a]appointed to die.
9Open your mouth, (B)judge righteously,
And (C)plead the cause of the poor and needy.

The Virtuous Wife

10(D)Who[b] can find a [c]virtuous wife?
For her worth is far above rubies.
11The heart of her husband safely trusts her;
So he will have no lack of gain.
12She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
13She seeks wool and flax,
And willingly works with her hands.
14She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.
15(E)She also rises while it is yet night,
And (F)provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.
16She considers a field and buys it;
From [d]her profits she plants a vineyard.
17She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 31:8 Lit. sons of passing away
  2. Proverbs 31:10 Vv. 10–31 are an alphabetic acrostic in Hebrew; cf. Ps. 119
  3. Proverbs 31:10 Lit. a wife of valor, in the sense of all forms of excellence
  4. Proverbs 31:16 Lit. the fruit of her hands

Cross references

  1. Proverbs 31:8 : Job 29:15, 16; Ps. 82
  2. Proverbs 31:9 : Lev. 19:15; Deut. 1:16
  3. Proverbs 31:9 : Job 29:12; Is. 1:17; Jer. 22:16
  4. Proverbs 31:10 : Ruth 3:11; Prov. 12:4; 19:14
  5. Proverbs 31:15 : Prov. 20:13; Rom. 12:11
  6. Proverbs 31:15 : Luke 12:42
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