1An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than 2jewels.
The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.
She 3seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands.
She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar.
She 4rises while it is yet night and 5provides food for her household and portions for her maidens.
She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
She 6dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong.
She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night.
She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle.
She 7opens her hand to 8the poor and reaches out her hands to 9the needy.
She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in 10scarlet.
She makes 11bed coverings for herself; her clothing is 12fine linen and 13purple.
Her husband is known in 14the gates when he sits among the elders of the land.
She makes 15linen garments and sells them; she delivers sashes to the merchant.
16Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
"Many 17women have done 18excellently, but you surpass them all."
19Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.