GOD’S WORD Translation
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The sayings of King Lemuel, a prophetic revelation, 

used by his mother to discipline him. 

Advice to a Prince

“What, my son? 

What, son to whom I gave birth? 

What, son of my prayers? 

Don’t give your strength to women 

or your power to those who ruin kings. 

“It is not for kings, Lemuel. 

It is not for kings to drink wine or for rulers to crave liquor. 

Otherwise, they drink and forget what they have decreed 

and change the standard of justice for all oppressed people. 

Give liquor to a person who is dying 

and wine to one who feels resentful. 

Such a person drinks 

and forgets his poverty 

and does not remember his trouble anymore. 

“Speak out for the one who cannot speak, 

for the rights of those who are doomed. 

Speak out, 

judge fairly, 

and defend the rights of oppressed and needy people.” 

A Poem in Hebrew Alphabetical Order

10  “Who can find a wife with a strong character? 

She is worth far more than jewels. 

11  Her husband trusts her with ⸤all⸥ his heart, 

and he does not lack anything good. 

12  She helps him and never harms him all the days of her life. 

13  “She seeks out wool and linen ⸤with care⸥ 

and works with willing hands

14  She is like merchant ships. 

She brings her food from far away. 

15  She wakes up while it is still dark 

and gives food to her family 

and portions of food to her female slaves. 

16  “She picks out a field and buys it. 

She plants a vineyard from the profits she has earned. 

17  She puts on strength like a belt 

and goes to work with energy. 

18  She sees that she is making a good profit. 

Her lamp burns late at night. 

19  “She puts her hands on the distaff, 

and her fingers hold a spindle. 

20  She opens her hands to oppressed people 

and stretches them out to needy people. 

21  She does not fear for her family when it snows 

because her whole family 

has a double layer of clothing. 

22  She makes quilts for herself. 

Her clothes are ⸤made of⸥ linen and purple cloth. 

23  “Her husband is known at the city gates 

when he sits with the leaders of the land. 

24  “She makes linen garments and sells them 

and delivers belts to the merchants. 

25  She dresses with strength and nobility, 

and she smiles at the future. 

26  “She speaks with wisdom, 

and on her tongue there is tender instruction. 

27  She keeps a close eye on the conduct of her family, 

and she does not eat the bread of idleness. 

28  Her children and her husband 

stand up and bless her. 

In addition, he sings her praises, by saying, 

29  ‘Many women have done noble work, 

but you have surpassed them all!’ 

30  “Charm is deceptive, and beauty evaporates, 

⸤but⸥ a woman who has the fear of the Lord should be praised. 

31  Reward her for what she has done, 

and let her achievements praise her at the city gates.” 


About GOD’S WORD Translation

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW) communicates the saving, life-changing Good News about Jesus in clear, natural English. Translated directly from the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek by a committee of scholars, GOD’S WORD is an exceptional Bible that consciously combines scholarly fidelity with natural English.

By implementing the translation principles of Closest Natural Equivalence, the translation committee seeks to translate the best available texts into English with the closest possible accuracy. This commitment to accurately translating the Bible includes expressing the meaning naturally and in a style that preserves the characteristics of the source text.

The combination of accuracy and readability makes GOD’S WORD ideally suited for the following:

Devotional reading and in-depth study

Preaching, teaching, and worship




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