31 The words of King Lemuel,
What, son of my womb?u
What, son of my vows?
3 Don’t spend your energyv on women
or your efforts on those who destroy kings.w
or for rulers to desire beer.
forget what is decreed,z
and wine to one whose life is bitter.b
and remember his trouble no more.c
for the justice of all who are dispossessed.D
9 Speak up, judge righteously,e
and defend the cause of the oppressed and needy.f
She is far more precious than jewels.*
and he will not lack anything good.
all the days of her life.
and works with willing hands.
bringing her food from far away.h
15 She rises while it is still nighti
and provides food for her household
17 She draws on her strengthI
and reveals that her arms are strong.l
and her lamp never goes out at night.m
and her hands hold the spindle.n
20 Her hands reachJ out to the poor,
and she extends her hands to the needy.o
for all in her household are doubly clothed.K
22 She makes her own bed coverings;p
where he sits among the elders of the land.s
she delivers beltsL to the merchants.
and she can laugh at the time to come.v
and loving instructionM is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the activities of her householdw
and is never idle.N
her husband also praises her:
29 “Many womenO have done noble deeds,
but you surpass them all!”x
30 Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting,y
but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised.
31 Give her the reward of her labor,P
and let her works praise her at the city gates.
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