31 The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him:
What are you doing, gson of my vows?
3 Do hnot give your strength to women,
your ways to those iwho destroy kings.
4 jIt is not for kings, O Lemuel,
it is not for kings kto drink wine,
or for rulers to take lstrong drink,
and mpervert the rights of all the afflicted.
6 Give strong drink to the one who nis perishing,
7 plet them drink and forget their poverty
and remember their misery no more.
8 qOpen your mouth for the mute,
for the rights of all who are destitute.3
9 Open your mouth, rjudge righteously,
She is far more precious than vjewels.
and he will have no lack of gain.
all the days of her life.
13 She wseeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.
she brings her food from afar.
15 She xrises while it is yet night
and yprovides food for her household
and portions for her maidens.
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
and makes her arms strong.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
and her hands hold the spindle.
and reaches out her hands to bthe needy.
22 She makes dbed coverings for herself;
23 Her husband is known in gthe gates
when he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes hlinen garments and sells them;
she delivers sashes to the merchant.
25 iStrength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
her husband also, and he praises her:
but you surpass them all.”
30 lCharm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
and let her works praise her in the gates.
Hebrew What, my son?
Hebrew those bitter in soul
Hebrew are sons of passing away
Verses 10–31 are an acrostic poem, each verse beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet
Hebrew She girds her loins
Or in double thickness