31 The words of King Lemuel,
What, son of my womb? o
What, son of my vows?
3 Don’t spend your energy p on women
or your efforts on those who destroy kings. q
or for rulers to desire beer.
5 Otherwise, they t will drink,
forget what is decreed, u
and wine to one whose life is bitter. x
and remember his trouble no more. y
for the justice of all who are dispossessed. c
She is far more precious than jewels. j
and he will not lack anything good.
all the days of her life.
and works with willing hands.
bringing her food from far away. k
15 She rises while it is still night l
and provides food for her household
17 She draws on her strength q
and reveals that her arms are strong. r
and her lamp never goes out at night. s
and her hands hold the spindle. t
20 Her hands reach u out to the poor,
and she extends her hands to the needy. v
for all in her household are doubly clothed. w
22 She makes her own bed coverings; x
23 Her husband is known at the city * gates,
where he sits among the elders of the land. a
she delivers belts b to the merchants.
and she can laugh at the time to come. e
and loving instruction f is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the activities of her household g
and is never idle. h
Her husband also praises her:
29 “Many women i are capable,
but you surpass them all!” j
30 Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, k
but a woman who * fears the Lord will be praised.
31 Give her the reward of her labor, l
and let her works praise her at the city gates.
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