31 *The words of king aLemuel, bthe prophecy that his mother taught him.
2 What, my cson? and what, dthe cson of my womb?
And what, ethe cson of my vows?
3 fGive not thy strength unto women,
Nor thy ways gto that which destroyeth kings.
4 hIt is not for kings, O aLemuel, it is not for kings ito drink wine;
Nor for kprinces strong drink:
5 Lest they drink, and forget the law,
And †pervert the judgment †of any of the afflicted.
6 lGive strong drink unto him that is mready to perish,
And wine unto those that be †of heavy hearts.
7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty,
And remember his misery no more.
8 nOpen thy mouth for the dumb
In the cause of all †such as are appointed to destruction.
9 Open thy mouth, ojudge righteously,
And npplead the cause of the qpoor and needy.
10 rWho can find sa virtuous woman?
For ther price is far above urubies.
11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her,
So that he shall have no need of spoil.
12 She will do him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
13 She xseeketh wool, and flax,
And worketh willingly with her hands.
14 She is like the merchants’ ships;
She bringeth her food from afar.
15 yShe riseth also while it is yet night,
And zgiveth meat to her household,
And aa portion to her maidens.
16 bShe considereth a field, and †buyeth it:
With the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
17 cShe girdeth her loins with qstrength,
And strengtheneth her arms.
18 †She perceiveth that her merchandise is good:
Her dcandle goeth not out by night.
19 She layeth her hands to the spindle,
And her hands hold the edistaff.
20 †She fstretcheth out her hand to the gpoor;
Yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the gneedy.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household:
For all her household are clothed with ||hscarlet.
22 She maketh herself icoverings of tapestry;
Her clothing is ksilk and lpurple.
23 mHer husband is known nin the gates,
nWhen he sitteth among the elders of the land.
24 She maketh ofine linen, and selleth it;
And delivereth girdles unto the pmerchant.
25 qStrength and honour are her clothing;
And rshe shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom;
And in her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She looketh well to the ways of her household,
And eateth not the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praiseth her.
29 Many daughters ||have done tvirtuously,
But thou excellest them all.
30 uFavour is deceitful, and beauty is vain:
But a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands;
And let her own works praise her in the gates.
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