The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.||
What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?||
Give not thy strength
unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.||
(31:3) "Give not thy strength
It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for
princes strong drink:||
Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of
Give strong drink unto
him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.
(31:6-7) "Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto
those that be of heavy hearts. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more."|
Is it OK to drink alcohol?.
Let him drink, and
forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.
Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to
(31:8-9) "Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.
Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy."|
President Obama quoted this verse
at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast to show why Christians (unlike Mitt Romney) should care about the poor.
(31:10) "Who can find a virtuous woman?"
Virtuous men are much more common.
Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and
Who can find a
virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have
no need of spoil.
She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.||
She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household,
and a portion to her maidens.||
She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she
planteth a vineyard.||
She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.||
She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by
She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.||
She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands
to the needy.||
She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are
clothed with scarlet.||
She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.||
Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the
She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the
Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to
She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of
Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he
Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.||
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the
LORD, she shall be praised.||
Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in