Lemuel's lesson of chastity and temperance.
Proverbs 31:1 The wordes of King Lemuel, the prophecie that his mother taught him. Proverbs 31:2 What, my sonne! and what, the sonne of my wombe! and what, the sonne of my vowes! Proverbs 31:3 Giue not thy strength vnto women, nor thy wayes to that which destroyeth kings. Proverbs 31:4 It [is] not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drinke wine, nor for Princes, strong drinke: Proverbs 31:5 Lest they drinke, and forget the Law, and peruert the iudgement of any of the afflicted.
The afflicted are to be comforted and defended.
Proverbs 31:6 Giue strong drinke vnto him that is ready to perish, and wine vnto those that be of heauie hearts. Proverbs 31:7 Let him drinke, and forget his pouertie, and remember his misery no more. Proverbs 31:8 Open thy mouth for the dumbe in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Proverbs 31:9 Open thy mouth, iudge righteously, and plead the cause of the poore and needy.
The praise and properties of a good wife.
Proverbs 31:10 Who can finde a vertuous woman? for her price [is] farre aboue Rubies. Proverbs 31:11 The heart of her husband doeth safely trust in her, so that he shall haue no need of spoile. Proverbs 31:12 She will doe him good, and not euill, all the dayes of her life. Proverbs 31:13 She seeketh wooll and flaxe, and worketh willingly with her hands. Proverbs 31:14 She is like the merchants ships, she bringeth her food from afarre. Proverbs 31:15 Shee riseth also while it is yet night, and giueth meate to her household, and a portion to her maydens. Proverbs 31:16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her handes she planteth a Uineyard. Proverbs 31:17 She girdeth her loynes with strength, and strengtheneth her armes. Proverbs 31:18 She perceiueth that her merchandise [is] good; her candle goeth not out by night. Proverbs 31:19 She layeth her handes to the spindle, and her handes hold the distaffe. Proverbs 31:20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poore, yea she reacheth foorth her handes to the needy. Proverbs 31:21 She is not afraid of the snow for her houshold: for all her houshold [are] cloathed with scarlet. Proverbs 31:22 She maketh herselfe couerings of tapestrie; her cloathing [is] silke and purple. Proverbs 31:23 Her husband is knowen in the gates, when he sitteth among the Elders of the land. Proverbs 31:24 She maketh fine linnen, and selleth [it], and deliuereth girdles vnto the merchant. Proverbs 31:25 Strength and honour [are] her cloathing; and she shall reioyce in time to come. Proverbs 31:26 She openeth her mouth with wisedome; and in her tongue [is] the law of kindnesse. Proverbs 31:27 She looketh well to the wayes of her housholde, and eateth not the bread of idlenesse. Proverbs 31:28 Her children arise vp, and call her blessed; her husband [also], and he praiseth her. Proverbs 31:29 Many daughters haue done vertuously, but thou excellest them all. Proverbs 31:30 Fauour [is] deceitfull, and beautie [is] vaine: [but] a woman [that] feareth the LORD, she shalbe praised. Proverbs 31:31 Giue her of the fruit of her hands, and let her owne workes praise her in the gates.