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IV. The word of King Lemuel 31:1-31
Prov. 31 :1 31:1 The words of King Lemuel. The oracle which his mother taught him.
Prov. 31 :2 31:2 What, my son? and what, O son of my womb?
And what, O son of my vows?
Prov. 31 :3 31:3 Do not give your strength to women,
Nor your ways to that which destroys kings.
Prov. 31 :4 31:4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine;
Nor for princes to say, Where is strong drink?
Prov. 31 :5 31:5 Lest they drink and forget what is decreed,
And pervert the rights of all the afflicted.
Prov. 31 :6 31:6 Give strong drink rather to one who is perishing,
And wine to the bitter in soul;
Prov. 31 :7 31:7 Let him drink and forget his poverty,
And remember his misery no more.
Prov. 31 :8 31:8 Open your mouth for the dumb,
And for the rights of all those who are passing away.
Prov. 31 :9 31:9 Open your mouth; judge righteously,
And minister justice to the poor and needy.
Prov. 31 :10 31:10 Who can find a aworthy woman?
For her price is far above corals.
Prov. 31 :11 31:11 The heart of her husband trusts in her,
And he will have no lack of gain.
Prov. 31 :12 31:12 She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
Prov. 31 :13 31:13 She seeks wool and flax,
And delights to work with her hands.
Prov. 31 :14 31:14 She is like the merchant ships;
She brings her food from afar.
Prov. 31 :15 31:15 She rises also while it is still night
And gives food to her household,
And their task to her serving girls.
Prov. 31 :16 31:16 She considers a field and buys it;
With the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
Prov. 31 :17 31:17 She girds her loins with strength
And makes strong her arms.
Prov. 31 :18 31:18 She samples her merchandise to be sure it is good;
Her lamp does not go out by night.
Prov. 31 :19 31:19 She lays her hands to the distaff,
And her hands hold on to the spindle.
Prov. 31 :20 31:20 She astretches out her hand to the afflicted,
And she reaches out her hands to the needy.
Prov. 31 :21 31:21 She does not fear for her household when it snows,
For all her household are clothed with ascarlet.
Prov. 31 :22 31:22 She makes coverings for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and apurple.
Prov. 31 :23 31:23 Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the aelders of the land.
Prov. 31 :24 31:24 She makes linen garments and sells them
And delivers girdles to the merchant.
Prov. 31 :25 31:25 Strength and dignity are her clothing,
And she happily looks forward to the time to come.
Prov. 31 :26 31:26 She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And the 1law of kindness is on her tongue.
Prov. 31 :27 31:27 She watches closely over the ways of her household
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
Prov. 31 :28 31:28 Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:
Prov. 31 :29 31:29 Many daughters have done worthily,
But you surpass them all.
Prov. 31 :30 31:30 Grace is deceitful, and beauty is vain;
But a woman who fears Jehovah, she will be praised.
Prov. 31 :31 31:31 Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her works praise her in the gates.
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