"It is not for kings, O Lemuel-- not for kings to drink wine,1 not for rulers to crave beer,
lest they drink2 and forget what the law decrees,3 and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.
Give beer to those who are perishing, wine4 to those who are in anguish;
let them drink5 and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.
"Speak6 up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.
Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy."7
A wife of noble character8 who can find?9 She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband10 has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.1112
She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.1214
She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.