31:1 The words of King Lemuel; the oracle which his mother taught him.
31:2 What, my son? And what, O son of my womb? And what, O son of my vows?
31:3 Don't give your strength to women, Nor your ways to [those women who] destroy kings.
31:4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; Nor for princes to desire strong drink.
31:5 Or else they will drink, and forget the law, And pervert the justice [due] to any who is afflicted.
31:6 Give strong drink to him who is ready to perish, And wine to the bitter in soul:
31:7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, And remember his misery no more.
31:8 Open your mouth for the mute, In the cause of all such as are left desolate.
31:9 Open your mouth, judge righteously, And give justice to the poor and needy.
31:10 A worthy woman who can find? For her price is far above rubies.
31:11 The heart of her husband trusts in her, And he will have no lack of gain.
31:12 She does him good and not evil All the days of her life.
31:13 She seeks wool and flax, And works willingly with her hands.
31:14 She is like the merchant-ships; She brings her bread from far.
31:15 She rises also while it is yet night, And gives food to her household, And their task to her maidens.
31:16 She considers a field, and buys it; With the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
31:17 She girds her loins with strength, And makes her arms strong.
31:18 She perceives that her merchandise is profitable: Her lamp does not go out by night.
31:19 She lays her hands to the distaff, And her hands hold the spindle.
31:20 She stretches out her hand to the poor; Yes, she reaches forth her hands to the needy.
31:21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household; For all her household has double clothes.
31:22 She makes for herself carpets of tapestry; Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
31:23 Her husband is known in the gates, When he sits among the elders of the land.
31:24 She makes linen garments and sells them, And delivers belts to the merchant.
31:25 Strength and majesty are her clothing; And she laughs at the time to come.
31:26 She opens her mouth with wisdom; And the law of kindness is on her tongue.
31:27 She looks well to the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness.
31:28 Her sons rise up, and call her blessed; Her husband [also], and he praises her, [saying]:
31:29 Many daughters have done worthily, But you excel them all.
31:30 Grace is deceitful, and beauty is vain; [But] a woman who fears Yahweh, she will be praised.
31:31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; And let her works praise her in the gates.
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