- The wordes of King Lemuel, the prophecie that his mother taught him.
- What, my sonne!
and what, the sonne of my wombe!
and what, the sonne of my vowes!
- Giue not thy strength vnto women, nor thy wayes to that which destroyeth kings.
- It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drinke wine, nor for Princes, strong drinke:
- Lest they drinke, and forget the Law, and peruert the iudgement of any of the afflicted.
- Giue strong drinke vnto him that is ready to perish, and wine vnto those that be of heauie hearts.
- Let him drinke, and forget his pouertie, and remember his misery no more.
- Open thy mouth for the dumbe in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.
- Open thy mouth, iudge righteously, and plead the cause of the poore and needy.
- Who can finde a vertuous woman?
for her price is farre aboue Rubies.
- The heart of her husband doeth safely trust in her, so that he shall haue no need of spoile.
- She will doe him good, and not euill, all the dayes of her life.
- She seeketh wooll and flaxe, and worketh willingly with her hands.
- She is like the merchants ships, she bringeth her food from afarre.
- Shee riseth also while it is yet night, and giueth meate to her household, and a portion to her maydens.
- She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her handes she planteth a Uineyard.
- She girdeth her loynes with strength, and strengtheneth her armes.
- She perceiueth that her merchandise is good;
her candle goeth not out by night.
- She layeth her handes to the spindle, and her handes hold the distaffe.
- She stretcheth out her hand to the poore, yea she reacheth foorth her handes to the needy.
- She is not afraid of the snow for her houshold: for all her houshold are cloathed with scarlet.
- She maketh herselfe couerings of tapestrie;
her cloathing is silke and purple.
- Her husband is knowen in the gates, when he sitteth among the Elders of the land.
- She maketh fine linnen, and selleth it, and deliuereth girdles vnto the merchant.
- Strength and honour are her cloathing;
and she shall reioyce in time to come.
- She openeth her mouth with wisedome;
and in her tongue is the law of kindnesse.
- She looketh well to the wayes of her housholde, and eateth not the bread of idlenesse.
- Her children arise vp, and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praiseth her.
- Many daughters haue done vertuously, but thou excellest them all.
- Fauour is deceitfull, and beautie is vaine: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shalbe praised.
- Giue her of the fruit of her hands, and let her owne workes praise her in the gates.