A Mulher Virtuosa
A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but as rottenness in his bones is one that bringeth shame on him.
10 Who can find a virtuous woman: for far above pearls is her value.
11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, and he will not see his gain diminish.
12 She treateth him well and not ill, all the days of her life.
13 She seeketh for wool and flax, and worketh with her willing hands.
14 She is become like the merchants ships: from afar doth she bring her food.
15 And she riseth while it is yet night, and giveth provision to her household, and a task to her maidens.
16 She thinketh of a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
17 She girdeth with strength her loins, and giveth vigor to her arms.
18 She perceiveth that her profit is good: therefore her lamp goeth not out by night.
19 She stretcheth out her hands to the spindle, and her palms hold fast the distaff.
20 She spreadeth out wide her open palm to the poor: yea, her hands she stretcheth forth to the needy.
The wise among women buildeth her house; but the foolish pulleth it down with her own hands.
House and wealth are an inheritance from fathers; but from the Lord cometh an intelligent wife.
False is grace, and vain is beauty: a woman only that feareth the Lord shall indeed be praised.
And now, my daughter, fear not: all that thou mayest say will I do for thee; for all the men in the gate of my people know that thou art a virtuous woman.