- The words of king Lemuel;
the oracle which his mother taught him.
- What, my son?
and what, O son of my womb?
And what, O son of my vows?
- Give not thy strength unto women, Nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.
- It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine;
Nor for princes [to say], Where is strong drink?
- Lest they drink, and forget the law, And pervert the justice [due] to any that is afflicted.
- Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, And wine unto the bitter in soul:
- Let him drink, and forget his poverty, And remember his misery no more.
- Open thy mouth for the dumb, In the cause of all such as are left desolate.
- Open thy mouth, judge righteously, And minister justice to the poor and needy.
- A worthy woman who can find?
For her price is far above rubies.
- The heart of her husband trusteth in her, And he shall have no lack of gain.
- She doeth him good and not evil All the days of her life.
- She seeketh wool and flax, And worketh willingly with her hands.
- She is like the merchant-ships;
She bringeth her bread from afar.
- She riseth also while it is yet night, And giveth food to her household, And their task to her maidens.
- She considereth a field, and buyeth it;
With the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
- She girdeth her loins with strength, And maketh strong her arms.
- She perceiveth that her merchandise is profitable: Her lamp goeth not out by night.
- She layeth her hands to the distaff, And her hands hold the spindle.
- She stretcheth out her hand to the poor;
Yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
- She is not afraid of the snow for her household;
For all her household are clothed with scarlet.
- She maketh for herself carpets of tapestry;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
- Her husband is known in the gates, When he sitteth among the elders of the land.
- She maketh linen garments and selleth them, And delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
- Strength and dignity are her clothing;
And she laugheth at the time to come.
- She openeth her mouth with wisdom;
And the law of kindness is on her tongue.
- She looketh well to the ways of her household, And eateth not the bread of idleness.
- Her children rise up, and call her blessed;
Her husband [also], and he praiseth her, [saying]:
- Many daughters have done worthily, But thou excellest them all.
- Grace is deceitful, and beauty is vain;
[But] a woman that feareth Jehovah, she shall be praised.
- Give her of the fruit of her hands;
And let her works praise her in the gates.