What is a woman of Proverbs 31

Proverbs 31

1 Words of King Lemuel [1] bed. "Consecrated to God". ; the lesson his mother gave him:
2 What should I advise you, my son, what, son of my body, yes, what, son of my vows?
3 Do not give your strength to women, nor your ways to those who destroy kings.
4 It is not fitting for kings, Lemuel, it is not fitting for kings to drink wine, nor for princes to have a strong drink.
5 You might forget the prescribed law over drinking and pervert the case of all the humble people.
6 Give strong drink to those who perish, and wine to troubled souls.
7 When they drink, they will forget their poverty and will no longer think about their misery.
8 Open your mouth to the mute, to the justice of all who are doomed.
9 Open your mouth and judge and defend the poor and poor.

The praise of the virtuous woman

10 A virtuous woman [2] od. a capable wife. - who will find her? It is worth far more than [the most precious] pearls! [3] The last 22 verses of the Book of Proverbs form an elaborate acrostic: the first letters of each verse follow the order of the 22 consonants of the Hebrew alphabet.
11 Her husband's heart relies on them, and he is not lacking in profit.
12 She does him good and no evil all the days of her life.
13 She takes care of the wool and flax and works it with willing hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships; from afar she brings her bread.
15 She is up before dawn; she gives food for her house and does the daily work for her maids.
16 She seeks a field and also acquires it; she planted a vineyard with the produce of her hands.
17 She girds her loins with strength and strengthens her arms.
18 She sees that her gain is prosperous; their light does not go out at night either.
19 She reaches for the distaff [4] i.e. the spool on which the spun material was wound. , and her hands grasp the spindle.
20 She opens her hand to the unfortunate, and extends her hands to the poor.
21 You are not afraid of the snow for your house, for your whole house [5] i.e. all family members and servants. is dressed in scarlet.
22 She makes blankets for herself; Linen and purple are their garments.
23 Her husband is well known in the gates when he is among the elders of the land.
24 She makes and sells shirts and delivers belts to the merchant.
25 Her garment is strength and dignity, and she laughs at the day ahead.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom, and kind instruction is on her tongue.
27 She keeps track of what is going on in her house and never eats the bread of laziness.
28 Her sons grow up and make her happy; her husband also praises her:
29 "Many daughters have proven to be virtuous, but you surpass them all!"
30 Grace is deceitful and beauty fades, but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised.
31 Give ye some of the fruits of their hands, and they will boast of their works in the gates.
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