1 The words of King Lemuel, the 1oracle which his mother taught him:
And what, O ason of my womb?
And what, O son of my bvows?
3 aDo not give your strength to women,
Or your ways to that which bdestroys kings.
4 It is not for akings, O Lemuel,
It is not for kings to bdrink wine,
Or for rulers to desire strong drink,
6 Give strong drink to him who is aperishing,
And remember his trouble no more.
8 aOpen your mouth for the mute,
9 Open your mouth, ajudge righteously,
10 An aexcellent wife, who can find?
For her worth is far babove jewels.
And he will have no lack of gain.
All the days of her life.
14 She is like amerchant ships;
She brings her food from afar.
15 She arises also while it is still night
And bgives food to her household
And 1portions to her maidens.
From 1her earnings she plants a vineyard.
And makes her arms strong.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
And her 1hands grasp the spindle.
And she stretches out her hands to the needy.
For all her household are aclothed with scarlet.
22 She makes acoverings for herself;
23 Her husband is known ain the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
24 She makes alinen garments and sells them,
25 Strength and adignity are her clothing,
And she smiles at the 1future.
26 She aopens her mouth in wisdom,
And the 1teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
And does not eat the abread of idleness.
Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:
But you excel them all.”
31 Give her the 1product of her hands,
And let her works praise her in the gates.
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