The words of KingLemuel, the aoraclewhich his mothertaught him:
2What, O my son? And what, O 1son of my womb? And what, O son of my 2vows?
33Do not give your strength to women, Or your ways to that which 4destroyskings.
It is not for 5kings, O Lemuel, It is not for kings to 6drinkwine, Or for rulers to desirestrongdrink,
For they will drink and forget what is decreed, And 7pervert the brights of all the cafflicted.
6Givestrongdrink to him who is 8perishing, And wine to him d9whose life is bitter.
Let him drink and forget his poverty And remember his troublenomore.
810Open your mouth for the mute, For the erights of all the funfortunate .
9Open your mouth, 11judgerighteously, And gdefend the 12rights of the afflicted and needy.
An 13excellentwife, who can find? For her worth is far14abovejewels.
The heart of her husbandtrusts in her, And he will havenolack of gain.
She does him good and not evilAll the days of her life.
She looks for wool and flax And works with her hhandsiin delight.
She is like 15merchantships; She brings her food from afar.
She 16rises also while it is stillnight And 17givesfood to her household And jportions to her maidens.
She considers a field and buys it; From kher earnings she plants a vineyard.
She 18girdslherself with strength And makes her armsstrong.
She senses that her gain is good; Her lamp does not go out at night.
She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her mhandsgrasp the spindle.
She n19extends her hand to the poor, And she stretches out her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of the snow for her household, For all her household are 20clothed with scarlet.
She makes21coverings for herself; Her clothing is 22finelinen and 23purple.
Her husband is known24in the gates, When he sitsamong the elders of the land.
She makes25linengarments and sells them, And osuppliesbelts to the ptradesmen.
25Strength and 26dignity are her clothing, And she smiles at the qfuture .
She 27opens her mouth in wisdom, And the rteaching of kindness is on her tongue.
She lookswell to the ways of her household, And does not eat the 28bread of idleness.
Her childrenrise up and bless her; Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:
29"Manydaughters have donenobly, But you excel them all."
30Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who s29fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
31Give her the tproduct of her hands, And let her workspraise her in the gates.