31 The words of King Lemuel, the utterance which his mother taught him:
And what, son of my womb?
And what, ason of my vows?
3 bDo not give your strength to women,
Nor your ways cto that which destroys kings.
4 dIt is not for kings, O Lemuel,
It is not for kings to drink wine,
Nor for princes intoxicating drink;
5 eLest they drink and forget the law,
And pervert the justice of all 1the afflicted.
6 fGive strong drink to him who is perishing,
And wine to those who are bitter of heart.
And remember his misery no more.
8 gOpen your mouth for the speechless,
In the cause of all who are 2appointed to die.
9 Open your mouth, hjudge righteously,
And iplead the cause of the poor and needy.
For her worth is far above rubies.
So he will have no lack of gain.
All the days of her life.
And willingly works with her hands.
She brings her food from afar.
15 kShe also rises while it is yet night,
And lprovides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.
From 5her profits she plants a vineyard.
And strengthens her arms.
And her lamp does not go out by night.
And her hand holds the spindle.
20 mShe extends her hand to the poor,
Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
For all her household is clothed with scarlet.
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 nHer husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
And supplies sashes for the merchants.
She shall rejoice in time to come.
And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her husband also, and he praises her:
But you excel them all.”
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
And let her own works praise her in the gates.
Lit. sons of affliction
Lit. sons of passing away
Lit. a wife of valor, in the sense of all forms of excellence
Lit. the fruit of her hands
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