Proverbs Chapter 31

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Proverbs 31

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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27 thoughts on “Proverbs Chapter 31

  1. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.
    Give her fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
    Proverbs 30,31

    A virtuous Woman Cares for her Family
    The Virtuous Woman. Speaks Wisdom

  2. Favor is deceitful and beauty vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised

    Be careful what you put your stock into when choosing a wife. Many of the more carnal choices are sure to only bring you destruction.

  3. The words of King Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.

    Mother, teach and show your sons how precious him wife should be. Show them what a virtuous, God fearing woman should look as well as carry herself. Teach your daughters to be God fearing and know their worth.

  4. Verse 30 MSG “Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades. The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.” Same verse AMP “Charm and grace are deceptive, and [superficial] beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the Lord [reverently worshiping, obeying, serving, and trusting Him with awe-filled respect], she shall be praised.” Forget the name brands, forget the newest things….we must equip ourselves ladies as verse 17 AMP says “She equips herself with strength [spiritual, mental, and physical fitness for her God-given task] And makes her arms strong.” Be strong in the Lord!”

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

    God knows everyone’s heart, so He knows the women who are virtuous, and those who aren’t. I am very grateful for the virtuous lady He chose for me; she is truly priceless!

  6. iLove to eat More Word

    There are a lot of action verbs in this passage that describe both husbands and wives. Verse:10 emphatically declares, “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies”. This stresses the importance of the man finding the woman and on the woman to be that virtuous woman. The scriptures continue with Proverbs 31:11 NLT Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. Once again, the husband can trust and the wife is trustable.

    It would be nice to have a special weekend service in which this chapter concerning relationships would be completely broken down and taught. Today’s culture teaches the complete opposite and many families in the church are unaware of these biblical principles.

  7. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭31‬:‭30‬ KJV)

  8. 3 Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.

    This reminds me of the story of Samson and Delilah, how she lured him to tell the secret of his strength. He played with the enemy too long and eventually she was able to convince him to tell his secret.

    If we go to the table of the world long enough without respecting our relationship with the Lord like it should be respected, eventually we will start letting down on something that have been important to us and our relationship with the Lord. Eventually we will become numb to conviction and before you know we will have trespassed and sinned against God, and lose the power that we have obtained through the Holy Ghost. It is the little foxes that spoil the vine…. the thought that I can just do this and get a way with this small things, and then it grows to something bigger, and something bigger still and before you know we are as carnal as can be, and don’t even defend the Spirit of God in our own lives. The enemy has rocked us to sleep, just like Delilah did to Samson, and his strength, and our strength spiritually has vanished.

  9. MORE JUSTICE

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

    Most Biblical instructions teach us to be quite and keep our mouth closed in regards to situations and others. We are commissioned to speak the gospel to the lost and to pray for peace and to talk to mountains.

    However we are instructed here in verse 9 to open our mouth and judge righteously. To not rush to harsh and painful decisions, but to utilize the laws of GOD and speak what is right by GOD in each situation.

    We are also instructed to plead the cause of the poor and needy. Frequently the rich and famous are defended most in hopes for recognition. Speak to the poor, encourage the needy, help the helpless, offer hope to the hopeless.

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  10. Proverbs 31:8-9 (AMP)
    8 Open your mouth for the dumb [those unable to speak for themselves], for the rights of all who are left desolate and defenseless;
    9 Open your mouth, judge righteously, and administer justice for the poor and needy.

    Who will plead the case for those lost and dying in Fort Worth? Who will stand in the gap and make up the hedge for the poor, weary, and defenseless?

    The enemy of our souls would like nothing more than to render the church inactive, but God has called his body to be a dynamic militant force ready to storm the gates of hell.

    Just like the Lord asked the prophet in Isaiah chapter 6, who will go? I believe that the Pentecostals is answering that call by giving, and serving the community!

    Proverbs 19:17 (KJV Strong’s)
    17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord;
    and that which he hath given will he pay him again.

  11. 30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.

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

    You can be the most beautiful, well known girl around but if you do not have a true relationship with God, none of that matters! For its a relationship with God that gets you to heaven not your beauty.

  12. 10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
    11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

    The scriptures after this passage was about the virtuous woman.
    Wow! I pray for my future wife that she be as these scriptures state.

    Thank you Jesus for the future at hand.

  13. Thankyou Lord for your Word I pray j at I can be a daughter of Yours that you can be proud of.

    I love thi s passage in the Bible
    I will work on my virtue as a godly woman. I want to be praised because of You, JESUS. You made me this way. I’m not in a steady place to worship you in. But I love You Lord and I will fear you and obey YOU.

    Bless you Jesus.

  14. Who is Lemuel?

    Nothing else is known about King Lemuel aside from this mention in the book of Proverbs. Jewish legend identifies him as Solomon, making this advice from his mother Bathsheba; but there is no evidence for that. The passage is the only direct address to a king in the book of Proverbs—something that was the norm in wisdom literature of the ancient world (Leah L. Brunner, “King and Commoner in Proverbs and Near Eastern Sources,” Dor le Dor 10 [1982]: 210–19; Brunner argues that the advice is religious and not secular).

    Biblical Studies Press, The NET Bible First Edition; Bible. English. NET Bible.; The NET Bible (Biblical Studies Press, 2006).

    Lemuel (lem’-u-el) = By God; devoted to God; God is bright; with whom God

    Stelman Smith and Judson Cornwall, The Exhaustive Dictionary of Bible Names (North Brunswick, NJ: Bridge-Logos, 1998), 159.

    It is possible that this name is used figuratively. A metaphor for a righteous king.

    Another interesting theory is as follows:

    “Most moderns understand Pr 30:1 (see RVm) to imply that Lemuel was ‘king of Massa’ in Arabia; where lived the descendants of Massa, the son of Ishmael mentioned in Gn 25:14; 1 Ch 1:30. See AGUR. The name Lemuel may be compared with Jemuel in Gn 46:10, or Nemuel 1 Ch 4:24; and in meaning with Lael, a man consecrated ‘to God,’ in Nu 3:2 (see Gray, Heb. Prop. Names, 207).”

    W. T. Davison, “LEMUEL,” ed. James Hastings et al., A Dictionary of the Bible: Dealing with Its Language, Literature, and Contents Including the Biblical Theology (New York; Edinburgh: Charles Scribner’s Sons; T. & T. Clark, 1911–1912), 94.

  15. Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.
    Proverbs 31:8-9 NLT

    This is what we ought to do in our daily lives. Stand up for righteous things and defend those that being taken advantage. Not that one might be trying to be a superhero but we are called to be righteous and pursue a righteous living.

    Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
    II Timothy 2:22 NKJV

  16. “The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.” Jesus (God) fearing mothers are wise, and should be appreciated. One can learn much from a mothers teaching, regardless if it is one’s own mother or someone else’s. Dear God, thank you for God fearing mothers; “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done”. “In GOD we trust”. “One Nation under GOD, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”. What a mighty GOD we serve! Thank GOD for his word. GOD bless America, Jerusalem, and you all in JESUS name, Amen!

  17. Comfort

    Proverbs 31:21 NLT
    She has no fear of winter for her household, for everyone has warm clothes.

    We can both store up resources for a natural winter as well as a spiritual one. Life challenges can leave us feeling like we are facing the desolation of winter, where death comes easily and even a small miscalculation can become a grievous wound. But in those times, we can draw from the warmth of our relationship with God and the comfort of His Word. We can lay up promises in our heart so that we have hope and strength to persevere when times get rough. The virtuous woman not only does this for herself but helps her household as well to be spiritually prepared for winter seasons.

    Psalm 71:21
    Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side.

  18. 30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth
    What a virtuous woman! It reminds me of the elder’s wives at the church. All of hem have specific. Qualities that other ladies desire. They all lead their families to follow their husbands who are following Christ. We are truly blessed at POFW to have such a fine group of ladies to be our examples.!

  19. The woman described in this chapter is one who was well trained-probably by her own mother -a Queen herself who knows the role of a Queen. Young girls don’t just happen to have all these virtues by chance, but through careful deliberate training they will.

    Parents today tolerate behaviors & attitudes from their children that are down right ugly. How will this young generation turn out? How will a child who is allowed to rule their home at age 3 learn to obey a School teacher at 5, or a Sunday school teacher at 8 or their Pastor at 12?

    I believe we start training a child at age 3 to become a child who minds well by 5, who is trained to listen & mind so that this child becomes a 12 year old who listens to their Pastor and eventually listens to & obeys God.

    If we fail to train our children, who will?

  20. 28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
    Thank God for the virtuous women in our lives. .. There are many special women of God in our lives that have blessed us through the years.

  21. 4-7 “Leaders can’t afford to make fools of themselves,
    gulping wine and swilling beer,
    Lest, hung over, they don’t know right from wrong,
    and the people who depend on them are hurt.
    Use wine and beer only as sedatives,
    to kill the pain and dull the ache
    Of the terminally ill,
    for whom life is a living death. (MSG)

    Leader leads at all times.

  22. 30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.

    A virtuous woman is not defiined by her beauty, not the size of her waist nor the features of her face. The world would have people to believe that you are not accomplished or beautiful unless your appearance is perfect. The list of characterstics of a vituous women comes from how she ministers to others and her family. Charm is deceptive because it praises themself and others instead of God, and beauty is vain and will fade away. God sees the real measure of a woman. A woman who respects herself and the Lord in fear is the one to be commended virtous.

  23. Let this scripture be a reminder how drinking isn’t a good thing. Especially to those who say drinking is O.K. Jesus drank wine. He did, but he also is the author of our faith, and he is the definition of wisdom and self control (He is our New Wine/and bread). There are times indicated here of when it is excused to drink, but are you deathly sick, or are you of a heavy heart? Today’s form of drink while you are dying is morphine or other heavy pain medications. Strong drink was the only thing they had back in those days for people that were perishing, or a heavy heart. So, keep in mind using sound wisdom. DON’T DRINK……….Medication only when it is prescribed appropriately for the condition your in. It’s not lacking in faith to see a doctor nor taking medication when needed. But, still ask, still believe, still receive your healing of heavy heart, disease, or a heavy heart. Jesus Christ is still today our true physician……….”JUST BELEIVE”.

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

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

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

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

    There are many other versus here describing a virtuous women, and I thank God for my wife, who is now of the faith. “SHE IS AWESOME”…I LOVE YOU WIFE……………………………………………………………………….

  24. 10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

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

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

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