Lemuel's lesson of chastity and temperance.
Proverbs 31:1 These are the wordes of Kynge Lamuel, & ye lesson yt his mother taught him. Proverbs 31:2 My sonne, thou sonne of my body: O my deare beloued sonne, Proverbs 31:3 geue not ouer thy substaunce & mynde vnto women, which are the destruccio eue of kynges. Proverbs 31:4 O Lamuel, geue kinges no wyne, geue kynges & prynces no stronge drynke: Proverbs 31:5 lest they beinge dronken forget the lawe, & regarde not ye cause of the poore, & of all soch as be in aduersite.
The afflicted are to be comforted and defended.
Proverbs 31:6 Geue stronge drynke vnto soch as are condempned to death, & wyne vnto those yt mourne: Proverbs 31:7 that they maye drynke it, & forget their misery & aduersite. Proverbs 31:8 Be thou an aduocate & stonde in iudgment thyself, to speake for all soch as be dome & sucourles. Proverbs 31:9 With yi mouth defende ye thinge yt is laufull and right, and ye cause of ye poore and helplesse.
The praise and properties of a good wife.
Proverbs 31:10 Who so fyndeth an honest faithful woma, she is moch more worth the perles. Proverbs 31:11 The herte of hir husbande maye safely trust in her, so that he shal haue no nede of spoyles. Proverbs 31:12 She wil do him good & not euel all ye dayes of hir life. Proverbs 31:13 She occupieth woll & flax, & laboureth gladly wt hir handes. Proverbs 31:14 She is like a marchauntes shippe, that bryngeth hir vytayles from farre. Proverbs 31:15 She is vp in ye night season, to prouyde meate for hir housholde, & foode for hir maydens. Proverbs 31:16 She considreth lode, & byeth it, and wt the frute of hir handes she planteth a vynyarde. Proverbs 31:17 She gyrdeth hir loynes with strength, and courageth hir armes. Proverbs 31:18 And yf she perceaue that hir houswifrie doth good, hir candle goeth not out by night. Proverbs 31:19 She layeth hir fyngers to the spyndle, & hir hande taketh holde of ye rocke. Proverbs 31:20 She openeth hir hande to ye poore, yee she stretcheth forth hir hades to soch as haue nede. Proverbs 31:21 She feareth not yt the colde of wynter shal hurte hir house, for all hir housholde folkes are duble clothed. Proverbs 31:22 She maketh hir self fayre ornametes, hir clothige is whyte sylke & purple. Proverbs 31:23 Hir husbade is moch set by in ye gates, whe he sytteth amonge ye rulers of ye londe. Proverbs 31:24 She maketh cloth of sylke & selleth it, and delyuereth a gyrdle vnto ye marchaut. Proverbs 31:25 Stregth and honoure is hir clothinge, & in the latter daye she shal reioyse. Proverbs 31:26 She openeth hir mouth with wysdome, & in hir toge is the lawe of grace. Proverbs 31:27 She loketh wel to the wayes of hir housholde, & eateth not hir bred with ydilnes. Proverbs 31:28 Hir children arise & call hir blessed, & hir husbande maketh moch of her. Proverbs 31:29 Many daughters there be yt gather riches together, but thou goest aboue the all. Proverbs 31:30 As for fauor, it is disceatfull, and beutie is a vayne thinge: but a woman that feareth the LORDE, she is worthy to be praysed. Proverbs 31:31 Geue her of the frute of hir handes, and let hir owne workes prayse her in the gates.