Lemuel's lesson of chastity and temperance.
Proverbs 31:1 The words of Lemuel the king,the strain which was taught him by his mother: Proverbs 31:2 What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? aye what, the son of my vows? Proverbs 31:3 Do not give, to women, thy strength, nor thy ways, to them who ruin kings. Proverbs 31:4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, nor, for dignitaries, to desire strong drink, Proverbs 31:5 Lest he drink, and forget that which is decreed, and alter the plea of any who are sorely oppressed.
The afflicted are to be comforted and defended.
Proverbs 31:6 Give strong drink, to him that is perishing, and wine, to such as are embittered in soul: Proverbs 31:7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and, his wearying toil, let him remember no more. Proverbs 31:8 Open thy mouth for the dumb, for the cause of all the children of the departed. Proverbs 31:9 Open thy mouthjudge righteously,and administer justice for the poor and the needy.
The praise and properties of a good wife.
Proverbs 31:10 A virtuous woman, who can find? for, far beyond corals, is her worth. Proverbs 31:11 The heart of her husband, trusteth her, and, gain, he shall not lack: 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 ships of the merchant, from afar, she bringeth in her food; Proverbs 31:15 And she riseth, while yet it is night, and giveth food to her household, and a task to her maidens: Proverbs 31:16 She considereth a field, and procureth it, Out of the fruit of her hands, she planteth a vineyard: Proverbs 31:17 She girdeth, with strength her loins, and putteth vigour into her arms: Proverbs 31:18 She tasteth, whether, good, be her merchandise, and her lamp, goeth not out by night: Proverbs 31:19 Her hands, she putteth forth to the distaff, and, her palms, lay hold of the spindle: Proverbs 31:20 Her palm, she spreadeth out to the oppressed, and, her hands, she extendeth to the needy: Proverbs 31:21 She feareth not, for her household, because of the snow, for, all her household, are clothed with crimson: Proverbs 31:22 Coverlets, she maketh for herself, Of white linen and of purple, is her clothing: Proverbs 31:23 Known in the gates, is her husband, when he sitteth, with the elders of the land: Proverbs 31:24 Fine linen wraps, she maketh and selleth, and, girdles, doth she deliver to the trader: Proverbs 31:25 Strength and dignity, are her clothing, and she laugheth at the time to come: Proverbs 31:26 Her mouth, she openeth with wisdom, and, the instruction of kindness, is on her tongue: Proverbs 31:27 She looketh well to the goings of her household, and, the bread of idleness, will she not eat. Proverbs 31:28 Her children rise up, and call her happy! her husband, and he praiseth her: Proverbs 31:29 Many daughters, have done virtuously, but, thou, excellest them all! Proverbs 31:30 Deceitful is loveliness and vain is beauty, The woman that revereth Yahweh, she, shall be praised: Proverbs 31:31 Give her of the fruit of her own hands, and let her own works, praise her in the gates.