Bible: Pr 31
The Words of Lemuel
31:1 The words of King Lemuel, 1
an oracle 2 that his mother taught him:
31:2 O 3 my son, O son of my womb,
O son 4 of my vows,
31:3 Do not give your strength 5 to women,
31:4 It is not for kings, 8 O Lemuel,
it is not for kings to drink wine, 9
or for rulers to crave strong drink, 10
31:5 lest they drink and forget what is decreed,
31:6 Give strong drink to the one who is perishing, 14
and wine to those who are bitterly distressed; 15
and remember their misery no more.
for the legal rights of all the dying. 20
31:9 Open your mouth, judge in righteousness, 21
and plead the cause 22 of the poor and needy.
The Wife of Noble Character 23
For her value 27 is far more than rubies.
31:11 The heart of her husband has confidence 28 in her,
and he has no lack of gain. 29
all the days of her life.
31:13 She obtains 32 wool and flax,
and she is pleased to work with her hands. 33
she brings her food from afar.
31:15 She also gets up 36 while it is still night,
31:16 She considers 39 a field and buys it;
from her own income 40 she plants a vineyard.
31:17 She begins 41 her work vigorously,
and she strengthens 42 her arms.
31:18 She knows 43 that her merchandise is good,
and her lamp 44 does not go out in the night.
and her hands grasp the spindle.
and reaches out her hand to the needy.
for all of her household are clothed with scarlet. 51
31:22 She makes for herself coverlets; 52
her clothing is fine linen and purple. 53
when he sits with the elders 56 of the land.
31:24 She makes linen garments 57 and sells them,
and supplies the merchants 58 with sashes.
31:26 She opens her mouth 64 with wisdom,
and loving instruction 65 is on her tongue.
31:27 She watches over 66 the ways of her household,
and does not eat the bread of idleness. 67
31:28 Her children rise up 68 and call her blessed,
her husband 69 also praises her:
but you surpass them all!”
but a woman who fears the