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PROV 31:1 Words of Lemuel a king, a declaration that his mother taught him: PROV 31:2 `What, my son? and what, son of my womb? And what, son of my vows? PROV 31:3 Give not to women thy strength, And thy ways to wiping away of kings. PROV 31:4 Not for kings, O Lemuel, Not for kings, to drink wine, And for princes a desire of strong drink. PROV 31:5 Lest he drink, and forget the decree, And change the judgment of any of the sons of affliction. PROV 31:6 Give strong drink to the perishing, And wine to the bitter in soul, PROV 31:7 He drinketh, and forgetteth his poverty, And his misery he remembereth not again. PROV 31:8 Open thy mouth for the dumb, For the right of all sons of change. PROV 31:9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, Both the cause of the poor and needy! PROV 31:10 A woman of worth who doth find? Yea, far above rubies `isher price. PROV 31:11 The heart of her husband hath trusted in her, And spoil he lacketh not. PROV 31:12 She hath done him good, and not evil, All days of her life. PROV 31:13 She hath sought wool and flax, And with delight she worketh `withher hands. PROV 31:14 She hath been as ships of the merchant, From afar she bringeth in her bread. PROV 31:15 Yea, she riseth while yet night, And giveth food to her household, And a portion to her damsels. PROV 31:16 She hath considered a field, and taketh it, From the fruit of her hands she hath planted a vineyard. PROV 31:17 She hath girded with might her loins, And doth strengthen her arms. PROV 31:18 She hath perceived when her merchandise `isgood, Her lamp is not extinguished in the night. PROV 31:19 Her hands she hath sent forth on a spindle, And her hands have held a distaff. PROV 31:20 Her hand she hath spread forth to the poor, Yea, her hands she sent forth to the needy. PROV 31:21 She is not afraid of her household from snow, For all her household are clothed `withscarlet. PROV 31:22 Ornamental coverings she hath made for herself, Silk and purple `areher clothing. PROV 31:23 Known in the gates is her husband, In his sitting with elders of the land. PROV 31:24 Linen garments she hath made, and selleth, And a girdle she hath given to the merchant. PROV 31:25 Strength and honour `areher clothing, And she rejoiceth at a latter day. PROV 31:26 Her mouth she hath opened in wisdom, And the law of kindness `ison her tongue. PROV 31:27 She `iswatching the ways of her household, And bread of sloth she eateth not. PROV 31:28 Her sons have risen up, and pronounce her happy, Her husband, and he praiseth her, PROV 31:29 `Many `arethe daughters who have done worthily, Thou hast gone up above them all.' PROV 31:30 The grace `isfalse, and the beauty `isvain, A woman fearing Jehovah, she may boast herself. PROV 31:31 Give ye to her of the fruit of her hands, And her works do praise her in the gates!