|1||The words of Lemuel, king of Massa, which his mother taught him:||Advice to a king.|
|2||What, my son? What, son of my womb? What, son of my vows?|
|3||Give not your strength to women, |
your ways to those who destroy kings.
|4||It is not for kings, O Lemuel, |
it is not for kings to drink wine,
or for rulers to desire strong drink;
|5||lest they drink and forget what has been decreed, |
and pervert the rights of all the afflicted.
|6||Give strong drink to him who is perishing, |
and wine to those in bitter distress;
|7||let them drink and forget their poverty, |
and remember their misery no more.
|8||Open your mouth for the dumb, |
for the rights of all who are left desolate.
|9||Open your mouth, judge righteously, |
maintain the rights of the poor and needy.
|10||A good wife who can find? |
She is far more precious than jewels.
|The capable wife.|
|11||The heart of her husband trusts in her, |
and he will have no lack of gain.
|12||She does him good, and not harm, |
all the days of her life.
|13||She seeks wool and flax, |
and works with willing hands.
|14||She is like the ships of the merchant, |
she brings her food from afar.
|15||She rises while it is yet night |
and provides food for her household
and tasks for her maidens.
|16||She considers a field and buys it; |
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
|17||She girds her loins with strength |
and makes her arms strong.
|18||She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. |
Her lamp does not go out at night.
|19||She puts her hands to the distaff, |
and her hands hold the spindle.
|20||She opens her hand to the poor, |
and reaches out her hands to the needy.
|21||She is not afraid of snow for her household, |
for all her household are clothed in scarlet.
|22||She makes herself coverings; |
her clothing is fine linen and purple.
|23||Her husband is known in the gates, |
when he sits among the elders of the land.
|24||She makes linen garments and sells them; |
she delivers girdles to the merchant.
|25||Strength and dignity are her clothing, |
and she laughs at the time to come.
|26||She opens her mouth with wisdom, |
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
|27||She looks well to the ways of her household, |
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
|28||Her children rise up and call her blessed; |
her husband also, and he praises her:
|29||"Many women have done excellently, |
but you surpass them all."
|30||Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, |
but a woman who fears Yahweh is to be praised.
|31||Give her of the fruit of her hands, |
and let her works praise her in the gates.
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