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