1: The words of Lemuel, king of Massa: the teaching which he had from his mother. 2: What am I to say to you, O Lemuel, my oldest son? and what, O son of my body? and what, O son of my oaths? 3: Do not give your strength to women, or your ways to that which is the destruction of kings. 4: It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to take wine, or for rulers to say, Where is strong drink? 5: For fear that through drinking they may come to have no respect for the law, wrongly judging the cause of those who are in trouble. 6: Give strong drink to him who is near to destruction, and wine to him whose soul is bitter: 7: Let him have drink, and his need will go from his mind, and the memory of his trouble will be gone. 8: Let your mouth be open for those who have no voice, in the cause of those who are ready for death. 9: Let your mouth be open, judging rightly, and give right decisions in the cause of the poor and those in need. 10: Who may make discovery of a woman of virtue? For her price is much higher than jewels. 11: The heart of her husband has faith in her, and he will have profit in full measure. 12: She does him good and not evil all the days of her life. 13: She gets wool and linen, working at the business of her hands. 14: She is like the trading-ships, getting food from far away. 15: She gets up while it is still night, and gives meat to her family, and their food to her servant-girls. 16: After looking at a field with care, she gets it for a price, planting a vine-garden with the profit of her work. 17: She puts a band of strength round her, and makes her arms strong. 18: She sees that her marketing is of profit to her: her light does not go out by night. 19: She puts her hands to the cloth-working rod, and her fingers take the wheel. 20: Her hands are stretched out to the poor; yes, she is open-handed to those who are in need. 21: She has no fear of the snow for her family, for all those in her house are clothed in red. 22: She makes for herself cushions of needlework; her clothing is fair linen and purple. 23: Her husband is a man of note in the public place, when he takes his seat among the responsible men of the land. 24: She makes linen robes and gets a price for them, and traders take her cloth bands for a price. 25: Strength and self-respect are her clothing; she is facing the future with a smile. 26: Her mouth is open to give out wisdom, and the law of mercy is on her tongue. 27: She gives attention to the ways of her family, she does not take her food without working for it. 28: Her children get up and give her honour, and her husband gives her praise, saying, 29: Unnumbered women have done well, but you are better than all of them. 30: Fair looks are a deceit, and a beautiful form is of no value; but a woman who has the fear of the Lord is to be praised. 31: Give her credit for what her hands have made: let her be praised by her works in the public place.