Proverbs 31:10–12; Proverbs 31:17; Proverbs 31:20; Proverbs 31:23; Proverbs 31:25–31

The Woman Who Fears the Lord

10  1 uAn excellent wife who can find?

She is far more precious than vjewels.

11  The heart of her husband trusts in her,

and he will have no lack of gain.

12  She does him good, and not harm,

all the days of her life.


17  She zdresses herself1 with strength

and makes her arms strong.


20  She aopens her hand to bthe poor

and reaches out her hands to bthe needy.


23  Her husband is known in gthe gates

when he sits among the elders of the land.


25  iStrength and dignity are her clothing,

and she laughs at the time to come.

26  She opens her mouth with wisdom,

and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

27  She looks well to the ways of her household

and does not eat the bread of idleness.

28  Her children rise up and call her blessed;

her husband also, and he praises her:

29  Many jwomen have done kexcellently,

but you surpass them all.

30  lCharm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,

but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

31  Give her of the fruit of her hands,

and let her works praise her in the gates.