1 The wordes of King Lemuel, the prophecie that his mother taught him.
2 What, my sonne! and what, the sonne of my wombe! and what, the sonne of my vowes!
3 Giue not thy strength vnto women, nor thy wayes to that which destroyeth kings.
4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drinke wine, nor for Princes, strong drinke:
5 Lest they drinke, and forget the Law, and peruert the iudgement of any of the afflicted.
6 Giue strong drinke vnto him that is ready to perish, and wine vnto those that be of heauie hearts.
7 Let him drinke, and forget his pouertie, and remember his misery no more.
8 Open thy mouth for the dumbe in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.
9 Open thy mouth, iudge righteously, and plead the cause of the poore and needy.
10 ¶ Who can finde a vertuous woman? for her price is farre aboue Rubies.
11 The heart of her husband doeth safely trust in her, so that he shall haue no need of spoile.
12 She will doe him good, and not euill, all the dayes of her life.
13 She seeketh wooll and flaxe, and worketh willingly with her hands.
14 She is like the merchants ships, she bringeth her food from afarre.
15 Shee riseth also while it is yet night, and giueth meate to her household, and a portion to her maydens.
16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her handes she planteth a Uineyard.
17 She girdeth her loynes with strength, and strengtheneth her armes.
18 She perceiueth that her merchandise is good; her candle goeth not out by night.
19 She layeth her handes to the spindle, and her handes hold the distaffe.
20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poore, yea she reacheth foorth her handes to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her houshold: for all her houshold are cloathed with scarlet.
22 She maketh herselfe couerings of tapestrie; her cloathing is silke and purple.
23 Her husband is knowen in the gates, when he sitteth among the Elders of the land.
24 She maketh fine linnen, and selleth it, and deliuereth girdles vnto the merchant.
25 Strength and honour are her cloathing; and she shall reioyce in time to come.
26 She openeth her mouth with wisedome; and in her tongue is the law of kindnesse.
27 She looketh well to the wayes of her housholde, and eateth not the bread of idlenesse.
28 Her children arise vp, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
29 Many daughters haue done vertuously, but thou excellest them all.
30 Fauour is deceitfull, and beautie is vaine: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shalbe praised.
31 Giue her of the fruit of her hands, and let her owne workes praise her in the gates.