31 The words of Lemuel, the king—an oracle
that his mother taught him:
And what, son of my vows?
and your ways to destroy kings.
drinking wine is not for the kings,
nor is strong drink for rulers.
and wine to those ⌊in bitter distress⌋.c
and his misery he will not remember any more.
and defend the poor and needy.
An Excellent Womanf
For her worth is far more than precious jewels.
11 The heart of her husbandi trusts in her,
and gain he will not lack.
all the days of her life.
and she works with the diligence of ⌊her hands⌋.j
from far off she brings her food;k
and gives food to her household,
and tasks to her servant girls.
from the fruit of ⌊her hand⌋l she plants a vineyard.
and makes her arms strong.
her lamp does not go out in the night.
19 Her hands she puts onto the distaff,m
and her palms hold a spindle.
and her hand she reaches out to the needy.
for ⌊her entire household⌋n is clothed in crimson.
her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23 Her husbando is known at the gates,
in his seat among the elders of the land.
and she supplies sashes for the merchants.
and she laughs ⌊at the future⌋.p
and instruction of kindness is upon her tongue.
and the bread of idleness she will not eat.
her husbandq also, and he praises her;
29 “Many daughters have done excellence,r
but ⌊you surpass⌋s all of them.”
but a woman who fears Yahweh shall be praised.
and may they praise her works in the city gates.
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