Lemuel's lesson of chastity and temperance.
Proverbs 31:1 The words of king Lemuel; the oracle which his mother taught him. Proverbs 31:2 What, my son? and what, O son of my womb, and what, O son of my vows? Proverbs 31:3 Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings. Proverbs 31:4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes [to say], Where is strong drink? Proverbs 31:5 Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any that is afflicted.
The afflicted are to be comforted and defended.
Proverbs 31:6 Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto the bitter in soul: Proverbs 31:7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more. Proverbs 31:8 Open thy mouth for the dumb, in the cause of all such as are left desolate. Proverbs 31:9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and minister judgment to the poor and needy.
The praise and properties of a good wife.
Proverbs 31:10 A virtuous woman who can find? for her price is far above rubies. Proverbs 31:11 The heart of her husband trusteth in her, and he shall have no lack of gain. Proverbs 31:12 She doeth him good and not evil all the days of her life. Proverbs 31:13 She seeketh wool and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. Proverbs 31:14 She is like the merchant-ships; she bringeth her food from afar. Proverbs 31:15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and their task to her maidens. Proverbs 31:16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. Proverbs 31:17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and maketh strong her arms. Proverbs 31:18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is profitable: her lamp goeth not out by night. Proverbs 31:19 She layeth her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle. Proverbs 31:20 She spreadeth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. Proverbs 31:21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household; for all her household are clothed with scarlet. Proverbs 31:22 She maketh for herself carpets of tapestry; her clothing is fine linen and purple. Proverbs 31:23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. Proverbs 31:24 She maketh linen garments and selleth them; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. Proverbs 31:25 Strength and dignity are her clothing; and she laugheth at the time to come. Proverbs 31:26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and the law of kindness is on her tongue. Proverbs 31:27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Proverbs 31:28 Her children rise up, and call her blessed; her husband [also], and he praiseth her, [saying]: Proverbs 31:29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Proverbs 31:30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: [but] a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. Proverbs 31:31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her works praise her in the gates.