The Holy Bible, King James Version Revised

The Proverbs


The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.
. .2 What, my son? and what, O son of my womb? and what, O son of my vows?
. .3 Give not thy strength unto 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 to desire strong drink:
. .5 Lest they drink, and forget that which was decreed, and pervert the justice of all of the afflicted.
. .6 Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be bitter in soul.
. .7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.
. .8 Open thy mouth for them that cannot speak, in the cause of all such as are made desolate.
. .9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

Who can find a virtuous wife? for she is worth far more than rubies.
. .11 The heart of her husband doth trust in her, and he shall have no lack of gain.
. .12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
. .13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
. .14 She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
. .15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and portions 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 loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
. .18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her lamp goeth not out by night.
. .19 She layeth her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle.
. .20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
. .21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
. .22 She maketh herself coverings for her bed; her clothing is fine linen and purple.
. .23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
. .24 She maketh linen garments, and selleth them; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
. .25 Strength and dignity are her clothing; and she shall laugh at days to come.
. .26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and on her tongue is the teaching of kindness.
. .27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
. .28 Her children rise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
. .29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
. .30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
. .31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

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