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¶ THE words of Moael, a king and prophet, which his mother taught him, saying,
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Oh my son!
Oh the son of my womb!
Oh the son of my vows!
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Give not your strength to women, nor your ways to the extravagance of kings.
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Of kings, O Moael, be careful of kings who drink wine;
and of princes who drink strong drink,
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Lest you drink and forget the law and forsake the judgment of the afflicted.
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Let strong drink be given to those who mourn, and wine to those who are of heavy heart,
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That they may drink, and forget their sorrows, and remember their miseries no more.
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Open your mouth with words of truth, and judge all the sons of the wicked.
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Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
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¶ Who can find a diligent woman?
For her price is far above rubies.
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The heart of her husband safely trusts in her, and her food supplies never diminish.
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She does him good and not evil all the days of her life.
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She seeks wool and linen, and works willingly with her hands.
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She is like the merchant’s ship, she brings her merchandise from afar.
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She rises also while it is yet night, and gives food to her household and work to her maids.
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She considers a field, and buys it: with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
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She girds her loins with strength, and strengthens her arms.
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She perceives that her merchandise is good;
her lamp does not go out all night.
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She stretches out her arms diligently, and puts her hands to the spindle.
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She stretches out her hands to the poor;
yea, she stretches forth her arms to the needy.
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The members of her household are not afraid of snow;
for all of them are clothed with scarlet.
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She makes herself a covering of tapestry;
her clothing is silk and purple.
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Her husband is known in cities, when he sits among the elders of the land.
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She makes fine linen, and sells it;
and delivers girdles to the merchants.
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Strength and honor are her clothing;
and she shall rejoice in time to come.
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She opens her mouth with wisdom;
and upon her tongue is the law of kindness.
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The ways of her household are above reproach, and she does not eat the bread of idleness.
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Her children rise up and call her blessed;
and her husband also praises her.
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Many daughters have become rich, but you have excelled them all.
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Comeliness is deceitful and beauty is vain;
but a woman who reverences the LORD shall be praised.
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Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gate.