Proverbs 31:1-19

1 The words of King Lemuel, the strong advice his mother gave him:
2 "Oh, son of mine, what can you be thinking of! Child whom I bore! The son I dedicated to God!
3 Don't dissipate your virility on fortune-hunting women, promiscuous women who shipwreck leaders.
4 "Leaders can't afford to make fools of themselves, gulping wine and swilling beer,
5 Lest, hung over, they don't know right from wrong, and the people who depend on them are hurt.
6 Use wine and beer only as sedatives, to kill the pain and dull the ache
7 Of the terminally ill, for whom life is a living death.
8 "Speak up for the people who have no voice, for the rights of all the down-and-outers.
9 Speak out for justice! Stand up for the poor and destitute!"
10 A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds.
11 Her husband trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it.
12 Never spiteful, she treats him generously all her life long.
13 She shops around for the best yarns and cottons, and enjoys knitting and sewing.
14 She's like a trading ship that sails to faraway places and brings back exotic surprises.
15 She's up before dawn, preparing breakfast for her family and organizing her day.
16 She looks over a field and buys it, then, with money she's put aside, plants a garden.
17 First thing in the morning, she dresses for work, rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
18 She senses the worth of her work, is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.
19 She's skilled in the crafts of home and hearth, diligent in homemaking.
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