Chapter 31
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The words of queen Lemuel; the oracle which her father taught her.
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"Oh, my daughter! Oh, daughter of my womb! Oh, daughter of my vows!
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Don't give your strength to men, nor your ways to that which destroys queens.
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It is not for queens, Lemuel; it is not for queens to drink wine; nor for princesses to say, 'Where is strong drink?'
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lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the justice due to anyone who is afflicted.
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Give strong drink to her who is ready to perish; and wine to the bitter in soul:
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Let her drink, and forget her poverty, and remember her misery no more.
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Open your mouth for the mute, in the cause of all who are left desolate.
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Open your mouth, judge righteously, and serve justice to the poor and needy."
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Who can find a worthy man? For his price is far above rubies.
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The heart of his wife trusts in him. She shall have no lack of gain.
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He does her good, and not harm, all the days of his life.
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He seeks wool and flax, and works eagerly with his hands.
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He is like the merchant ships. He brings his bread from afar.
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He rises also while it is yet night, gives food to his household, and portions for his servant boys.
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He considers a field, and buys it. With the fruit of his hands, he plants a vineyard.
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He girds his waist with strength, and makes his arms strong.
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He perceives that his merchandise is profitable. His lamp doesn't go out by night.
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He lays his hands to the distaff, and his hands hold the spindle.
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He opens his arms to the poor; yes, he extends his hands to the needy.
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He is not afraid of the snow for his household; for all his household are clothed with scarlet.
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He makes for himself carpets of tapestry. His clothing is fine linen and purple.
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His wife is respected in the gates, when she sits among the elders of the land.
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He makes linen garments and sells them, and delivers sashes to the merchant.
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Strength and dignity are his clothing. He laughs at the time to come.
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He opens his mouth with wisdom. Faithful instruction is on his tongue.
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He looks well to the ways of his household, and doesn't eat the bread of idleness.
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His children rise up and call him blessed. His wife also praises him:
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"Many men do noble things, but you excel them all."
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Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain; but a man who fears Yahweh, he shall be praised.
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Give him of the fruit of his hands! Let his works praise him in the gates!