1 The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.
2 What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?
3 Give not thy strength to women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.
4 [It is] not for kings, O Lemuel, [it is] not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:
5 Lest he drinke and forget the decree, and change the iudgement of all the children of affliction.
6 Giue ye strong drinke vnto him that is readie to perish, and wine vnto them that haue griefe of heart.
7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.
8 Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.
9 Open thy mouth: iudge righteously, and iudge the afflicted, and the poore.
10 Who shall finde a vertuous woman? for her price is farre aboue the pearles.
11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
12 She will doe him good, and not euill all the dayes of her life.
13 She seeketh wooll and flaxe, and laboureth cheerefully with her handes.
14 She is like the shippes of marchants: shee bringeth her foode from afarre.
15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth food to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
17 She girdeth her loynes with strength, and strengtheneth her armes.
18 She feeleth that her marchandise is good: her candle is not put out by night.
19 She putteth her handes to the wherue, and her handes handle the spindle.
20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poore, and putteth foorth her hands to the needie.
21 She feareth not the snowe for her familie: for all her familie is clothed with skarlet.
22 She maketh her selfe carpets: fine linen and purple is her garment.
23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
24 She maketh sheetes, and selleth them, and giueth girdels vnto the marchant.
25 Strength and honour [are] her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and on her tongue [is] the law of kindness.
27 She ouerseeth the wayes of her housholde, and eateth not the bread of ydlenes.
28 Her children rise up, and call her blessed; her husband [also], and he praiseth her.
29 Many daughters haue done vertuously: but thou surmountest them all.
30 Fauour is deceitfull, and beautie is vanitie: but a woman that feareth the Lorde, she shall be praysed.
31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.