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Geneva Bible (1599): Proverbs 31

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1 THE WORDS OF KING LEMUEL: The prophecie which his mother taught him.

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2 What my sonne! and what ye sonne of my wombe! and what, O sonne of my desires!

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3 Giue not thy strength vnto women, nor thy wayes, which is to destroy Kings.

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4 It is not for Kings, O Lemuel, it is not for Kings to drink wine nor for princes strog drinke,

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5 Lest he drinke and forget the decree, and change the iudgement of all the children of affliction.

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6 Giue ye strong drinke vnto him that is readie to perish, and wine vnto them that haue griefe of heart.

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7 Let him drinke, that he may forget his pouertie, and remember his miserie no more.

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8 Open thy mouth for the domme in the cause of all the children of destruction.

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9 Open thy mouth: iudge righteously, and iudge the afflicted, and the poore.

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10 Who shall finde a vertuous woman? for her price is farre aboue the pearles.

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11 The heart of her husband trusteth in her, and he shall haue no neede of spoyle.

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12 She will doe him good, and not euill all the dayes of her life.

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13 She seeketh wooll and flaxe, and laboureth cheerefully with her handes.

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14 She is like the shippes of marchants: shee bringeth her foode from afarre.

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15 And she riseth, whiles it is yet night: and giueth the portion to her houshold, and the ordinarie to her maides.

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16 She considereth a field, and getteth it: and with the fruite of her handes she planteth a vineyarde.

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17 She girdeth her loynes with strength, and strengtheneth her armes.

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18 She feeleth that her marchandise is good: her candle is not put out by night.

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19 She putteth her handes to the wherue, and her handes handle the spindle.

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20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poore, and putteth foorth her hands to the needie.

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21 She feareth not the snowe for her familie: for all her familie is clothed with skarlet.

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22 She maketh her selfe carpets: fine linen and purple is her garment.

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23 Her husband is knowen in the gates, when he sitteth with the Elders of the land.

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24 She maketh sheetes, and selleth them, and giueth girdels vnto the marchant.

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25 Strength and honour is her clothing, and in the latter day she shall reioyce.

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26 She openeth her mouth with wisdome, and the lawe of grace is in her tongue.

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27 She ouerseeth the wayes of her housholde, and eateth not the bread of ydlenes.

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28 Her children rise vp, and call her blessed: her husband also shall prayse her, saying,

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29 Many daughters haue done vertuously: but thou surmountest them all.

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30 Fauour is deceitfull, and beautie is vanitie: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praysed.

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31 Giue her of the fruite of her hands, and let her owne workes prayse her in the gates.

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