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Proverbs 31 01-31 ABV – The Woman
The words of King Lemuel, the oracle that his mother taught him:
What to say, my son? And what, son of my womb? And what, son of my vows?
Do not give your strength to women, or your ways to that which destroys kings.
It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to desire strong drink,
for they will drink and forget what is decreed, and pervert the rights of all the afflicted.
Give strong drink to him who is perishing, and wine to him whose life is bitter.
Let him drink and forget his poverty and remember his trouble no more.
Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all the orphans.
Open your mouth, judge righteously, and defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.
An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels.
The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good and not evil all the days of her life.
She looks for wool and flax and works with willing hands.
She is like merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.
She rises also while it is still night and gives food to her household and portions to her maidens.
She considers a field and buys it; from her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She girds herself with strength and makes her arms strong.
She senses that her gain is good; her lamp does not go out at night.
She stretches out her hands to the distaff, and her hands grasp the spindle.
She extends her hand to the poor, and she stretches out her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of the snow for her household, for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
She makes her own bed coverings; her clothing is fine linen and purple.
Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies belts to the merchants.
Strength and honor are her clothing, and she smiles at the future.
She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
She watches over to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and bless her; her husband also, and he praises her, saying:
Many daughters have done nobly, yet you excel them all.
Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, yet a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
Give her the product of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.
Proverbs 30 01-33 ABV – Lessons
The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, the oracle. The man declares to Ithiel, to Ithiel and Ucal:
Surely I am more stupid than any man, and I do not have the understanding of a man.
Neither have I learned wisdom, nor do I have the knowledge of the Holy One.
Who has ascended into heaven and descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in His garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name or His son’s name? Do you know this?
Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.
Do not add to His words or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar.
Two things I asked of You, do not refuse me before I die:
Keep deception and lies far from me, give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food I need,
that I not be full and deny You and say, Who is the Lord? or that I not be in want and steal, and profane the name of my God.
Do not slander a slave to his master, or he will curse you and you will be found guilty.
There is a generation of man who curses his father and does not bless his mother.
There is a generation who is pure in his own eyes, yet is not washed from their filthiness.
There is a generation, oh how lofty are their eyes! And his eyelids are raised in arrogance.
There is a generation of man whose teeth are like swords and his jaw teeth like knives, to devour the afflicted from the earth and the needy from among men.
The leech has 2 daughters, Give, Give. There are 3 things that will not be satisfied, 4 that will not say, Enough!:
Sheol, and the barren womb, earth that is never satisfied with water, and fire that never says, Enough!
The eye that mocks a father and despises obedience to a mother, the ravens of the valley will pick it out, and the young eagles will eat it.
There are 3 things which are too wonderful for me, 4 which I do not understand:
The way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a serpent on a rock, the way of a ship in the middle of the sea, and the way of a man with a maid.
This is the way of an adulterous woman; she eats and wipes her mouth, and says, I have done no wrong.
Under 3 things the earth quakes, and under 4, it cannot bear up:
Under a slave when he becomes king, and a fool when he is satisfied with food,
under an unloved woman when she marries, and a maidservant when she heir her mistress.
4 things are small on the earth, yet they are exceedingly wise:
The ants are not a strong people, yet they prepare their food in the summer;
the shephanim are not mighty people, Yet they make their houses in the rocks;
the locusts have no king, yet all of them go out in ranks;
the spider you may grasp with the hands, yet it is in kings’ palaces.
There are 3 things which are stately in their march, even 4 which are stately when they walk:
The lion which is mighty among beasts and does not retreat before any,
the strutting rooster, the male goat also, and a king when his army is with him.
If you have been foolish in exalting yourself or if you have plotted evil, put your hand on your mouth.
For the churning of milk produces butter, and pressing the nose brings forth blood; so the churning of anger produces strife.