Lemuel's lesson of chastity and temperance.
Proverbs 31:1 The words of king Lemuel: The prophecie which his mother taught him. Proverbs 31:2 What my sonne! and what ye sonne of my wombe! and what, O sonne of my desires! Proverbs 31:3 Giue not thy strength vnto women, nor thy wayes, which is to destroy Kings. Proverbs 31:4 It is not for Kings, O Lemuel, it is not for Kings to drink wine nor for princes strog drinke, Proverbs 31:5 Lest he drinke and forget the decree, and change the iudgement of all the children of affliction.
The afflicted are to be comforted and defended.
Proverbs 31:6 Giue ye strong drinke vnto him that is readie to perish, and wine vnto them that haue griefe of heart. Proverbs 31:7 Let him drinke, that he may forget his pouertie, and remember his miserie no more. Proverbs 31:8 Open thy mouth for the domme in the cause of all the children of destruction. Proverbs 31:9 Open thy mouth: iudge righteously, and iudge the afflicted, and the poore.
The praise and properties of a good wife.
Proverbs 31:10 Who shall finde a vertuous woman? for her price is farre aboue the pearles. Proverbs 31:11 The heart of her husbande trusteth in her, and he shall haue no neede of spoyle. 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 laboureth cheerefully with her handes. Proverbs 31:14 She is like the shippes of marchants: shee bringeth her foode from afarre. Proverbs 31:15 And she riseth, whiles it is yet night: and giueth the portion to her houshold, and the ordinarie to her maides. Proverbs 31:16 She considereth a field, and getteth it: and with the fruite of her handes she planteth a vineyarde. Proverbs 31:17 She girdeth her loynes with strength, and strengtheneth her armes. Proverbs 31:18 She feeleth that her marchandise is good: her candle is not put out by night. Proverbs 31:19 She putteth her handes to the wherue, and her handes handle the spindle. Proverbs 31:20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poore, and putteth foorth her hands to the needie. Proverbs 31:21 She feareth not the snowe for her familie: for all her familie is clothed with skarlet. Proverbs 31:22 She maketh her selfe carpets: fine linen and purple is her garment. Proverbs 31:23 Her husband is knowen in the gates, when he sitteth with the Elders of the land. Proverbs 31:24 She maketh sheetes, and selleth them, and giueth girdels vnto the marchant. Proverbs 31:25 Strength and honour is her clothing, and in the latter day she shall reioyce. Proverbs 31:26 She openeth her mouth with wisdome, and the lawe of grace is in her tongue. Proverbs 31:27 She ouerseeth the wayes of her housholde, and eateth not the bread of ydlenes. Proverbs 31:28 Her children rise vp, and call her blessed: her husband also shall prayse her, saying, Proverbs 31:29 Many daughters haue done vertuously: but thou surmountest them all. Proverbs 31:30 Fauour is deceitfull, and beautie is vanitie: but a woman that feareth the Lorde, she shall be praysed. Proverbs 31:31 Giue her of the fruite of her hands, and let her owne workes prayse her in the gates.