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Proverbs 31

Lemuel's lesson of chastity and temperance.

Proverbs 31:1 The wordes of Kyng Lamuel, & the lesson that hys mother taught hym. Proverbs 31:2 My sonne (why do ye so) þu sonne of my body: O my deare beloued sonne, Proverbs 31:3 geue not ouer thi strength & waies vnto wemen, which are þe destruccion euen of kynges. Proverbs 31:4 O Lamuel, yt is not for kynges, it is not (I saye) for kinges to drinke wyne, nor Princes stronge dryncke Proverbs 31:5 lest they beynge droncken forgett the lawe, and paruerte the iudgement of all poore mens childerne.

The afflicted are to be comforted and defended.

Proverbs 31:6 Geue stronge drincke vnto soch as are condempned to death, and wyne vnto those that mourne: Proverbs 31:7 that they maye drincke it, and forgett theyr mysery & aduersytie. Proverbs 31:8 Be thou an aduocate, for the dombe and stande in iudgement thy selfe, to speake for all soch as be socourles in this transitorye worlde. Proverbs 31:9 Open thy mouth, defende the thynge that is lawfull and ryght, and the cause of the poore and helpelesse.

The praise and properties of a good wife.

Proverbs 31:10 Who so fyndeth an honest faythfull woman, she is moch more worth then perles. Proverbs 31:11 The hert of her husband maye safely trust in her, so that he shall fall in no pouertye. Proverbs 31:12 She will do hym good and not euell, all the dayes of her lyfe. Proverbs 31:13 She occupyeth woll and flaxe, & laboureth gladly with her handes. Proverbs 31:14 She is lyke a marchauntes shyppe, that bryngeth her vytayles from a farre. Proverbs 31:15 She is vp in the nyght season, to prouyde meate for her housholde, and fode for her maydens. Proverbs 31:16 She consydreth lande, & byeth it, and with the frute of her handes she planteth a vyneyarde. Proverbs 31:17 She gyrdeth her loynes with strength, & courageth her armes. Proverbs 31:18 And yf the perceaue that her houswyferye doth good, her candle goeth not out by nyght. Proverbs 31:19 She layeth her fyngers to the spyndell: and her hande taketh holde of þe distaffe. Proverbs 31:20 She openeth her hande to the poore, yee she stretcheth forth her handes to soche as haue nede. Proverbs 31:21 She feareth not that the colde of wynter shall hurte her house, for all her housholde folkes are clothed with skarlett. Proverbs 31:22 She maketh her selfe fayre ornamentes, her clothynge is whyte sylke & purple. Proverbs 31:23 Her husband is moch set by in the gates, when he sytteth amonge the rulers of the land. Proverbs 31:24 She maketh cloth of sylke and selleth it, & delyuereth gyrdles vnto the marchaunt. Proverbs 31:25 Strength and honoure is her clothynge, & in the latter daye she shall reioyse. Proverbs 31:26 She openeth her mouth with wysdome, and in her tonge is the lawe of grace. Proverbs 31:27 She loketh well to the wayes of her housholde: & eateth not her bred with ydylnes. Proverbs 31:28 Her children shall aryse, and call her blessed: & her housband shall make moch of her. Proverbs 31:29 Many daughters there be that gather riches together, but thou goest aboue them all. Proverbs 31:30 As for fauoure, it is disceatfull, and beutie is a vayne thynge: but a woman that feareth þe Lorde, she is worthy to be praysed. Proverbs 31:31 Geue her of þe frute of her handes and let her awne worckes prayse her in the gates.

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