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Proverbs, Chapter 31

   1: The words of king Lemuel; the oracle which his mother taught him.
   2: "Oh, my son!" Oh, son of my womb! Oh, son of my vows!
   3: Don't give your strength to women, Nor your ways to that which destroys kings.
   4: It is not for kings, Lemuel; it is not for kings to drink wine; Nor for princes to say, 'Where is strong drink?'
   5: Lest they drink, and forget the law, And pervert the justice due to anyone who is afflicted.
   6: Give strong drink to him who is ready to perish; And wine to the bitter in soul:
   7: Let him drink, and forget his poverty, And remember his misery no more.
   8: Open your mouth for the mute, In the cause of all who are left desolate.
   9: Open your mouth, judge righteously, And serve justice to the poor and needy."
   10: Who can find a worthy woman? For her price is far above rubies.
   11: The heart of her husband trusts in her. He shall have no lack of gain.
   12: She does him good, and not harm, All the days of her life.
   13: She seeks wool and flax, And works eagerly with her hands.
   14: She is like the merchant ships. She brings her bread from afar.
   15: She rises also while it is yet night, Gives food to her household, And portions for her servant girls.
   16: She considers a field, and buys it. With the fruit of her hands, she plants a vineyard.
   17: She girds her loins with strength, And makes her arms strong.
   18: She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp doesn't go out by night.
   19: She lays her hands to the distaff, And her hands hold the spindle.
   20: She opens her arms to the poor; Yes, she extends her hands to the needy.
   21: She is not afraid of the snow for her household; For all her household are clothed with scarlet.
   22: She makes for herself carpets of tapestry. Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
   23: Her husband is respected in the gates, When he sits among the elders of the land.
   24: She makes linen garments and sells them, And delivers sashes to the merchant.
   25: Strength and dignity are her clothing. She laughs at the time to come.
   26: She opens her mouth with wisdom. Faithful instruction is on her tongue.
   27: She looks well to the ways of her household, And doesn't eat the bread of idleness.
   28: Her children rise up and call her blessed. Her husband also praises her:
   29: "Many women do noble things, But you excel them all."
   30: Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain; But a woman who fears Yahweh, she shall be praised.
   31: Give her of the fruit of her hands; Let her works praise her in the gates.

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