Mishlei 31

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Mishlei (Book of Proverbs), Chapter 31

'"`UNIQ--named-00000000-QINU`"'1 The words of king Lemuel; the burden wherewith his mother corrected him.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000001-QINU`"'2 What, my son? and what, O son of my womb? and what, O son of my vows?

'"`UNIQ--named-00000002-QINU`"'3 Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000003-QINU`"'4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine: nor for princes to say: 'Where is strong drink?'

'"`UNIQ--named-00000004-QINU`"'5 Lest they drink, and forget that which is decreed, and pervert the justice due to any that is afflicted.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000005-QINU`"'6 Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto the bitter in soul;

'"`UNIQ--named-00000006-QINU`"'7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000007-QINU`"'8 Open thy mouth for the dumb, in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000008-QINU`"'9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000009-QINU`"'10 A woman of valour who can find? for her price is far above rubies.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000A-QINU`"'11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, and he hath no lack of gain.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000B-QINU`"'12 She doeth him good and not evil all the days of her life.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000C-QINU`"'13 She seeketh wool and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000D-QINU`"'14 She is like the merchant-ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000E-QINU`"'15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth food to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000F-QINU`"'16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it; with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000010-QINU`"'17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and maketh strong her arms.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000011-QINU`"'18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good; her lamp goeth not out by night.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000012-QINU`"'19 She layeth her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000013-QINU`"'20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000014-QINU`"'21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household; for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000015-QINU`"'22 She maketh for herself coverlets; her clothing is fine linen and purple.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000016-QINU`"'23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000017-QINU`"'24 She maketh linen garments and selleth them; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000018-QINU`"'25 Strength and dignity are her clothing; and she laugheth at the time to come.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000019-QINU`"'26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000001A-QINU`"'27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000001B-QINU`"'28 Her children rise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her:

'"`UNIQ--named-0000001C-QINU`"'29 'Many daughters have done valiantly, but thou excellest them all.'

'"`UNIQ--named-0000001D-QINU`"'30 Grace is deceitful, and beauty is vain; but a woman that feareth HaShem, she shall be praised.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000001E-QINU`"'31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her works praise her in the gates.

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