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1 The words of king Lemuel, the
prophecy that his mother taught him.
2 What, my son? and what, the son of
my womb? and what, the son of my vows?
3 Give not thy strength unto women,
nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.
4 It is not for kings, O
Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong
5 Lest they drink, and forget the
law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.
6 Give strong drink unto him that is
ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.
7 Let him drink, and forget his
poverty, and remember his misery no more.
8 Open thy mouth for the dumb in the
cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.
9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously,
and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
10 Who can find a virtuous woman?
for her price is far above rubies.
11 The heart of her husband doth
safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12 She will do him good and not evil
all the days of her life.
13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and
worketh willingly with her hands.
14 She is like the merchantsí
ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
15 She riseth also while it is yet
night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
16 She considereth a field, and
buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
17 She girdeth her loins with
strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
18 She perceiveth that her
merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
19 She layeth her hands to the
spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
20 She stretcheth out her hand to
the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for
her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22 She maketh herself coverings of
tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the
gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
24 She maketh fine linen, and
selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
25 Strength and honour are
her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She openeth her mouth with
wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She looketh well to the ways of
her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise up, and call
her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
29 Many daughters have done
virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
30 Favour is deceitful, and
beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD,
she shall be praised.
31 Give her of the fruit of her
hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.
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