Verse 1 – The words of king Lemuel, the utterance which his mother taught him:
King Lemuel was not one of the Kings of Israel. His name means “Devoted to God.” He was probably a foreign king who converted to worshiping the God of Israel.
Verse 2 – What, my son? And what, son of my womb? And what, son of my vows?
Verse 3 – Do not give your strength to women, nor your ways to that which destroys kings.
Verse 4 – It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine nor for princes intoxicating drink;
Verse 5 – Lest they drink and forget the law and pervert the justice of all the afflicted.
Verse 6 – Give strong drink to him who is perishing, and wine to those who are bitter of heart.
Verse 7 – Let him drink and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.
Lemuel’s mother warns him about the effects of alcohol in judgment. It’s even more dangerous for people in authority to drink.
Verse 8 – Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die.
Verse 9 – Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
Verse 10 – Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies.
Verse 11 – The heart of her husband safely trusts her; so she will have no lack of gain.
Her husband trust her because she is godly.
Verse 12 – She does him good and not evil all the days of her life.
Verse 13 – She seeks wool and flax, and willingly works with her hands.
Verse 14 – She is like the merchant ships, she brings food from afar.
Verse 15 – She also rises while it is yet night, and provides food for her household, and a portion for her maidservants.
Verse 16 – She considers a field and buys it; from her profits she plants a vineyard.
Verse 17 – She girds herself with strength, and strengthens her arms.
Verse 18 – She perceives that her merchandise is good, and her lamp does not go out at night.
Verse 19 – She stretches out her hands to the distaff, and her hands holds the spindle.
Verse 20 – She extends her hand to the poor, yes, she reaches out her hand to the needy.
Verse 21 – She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household is clothed with scarlet. (a double texture of warmth).
Verse 22 – She makes tapestry for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple.
Verse 23 – Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.
Verse 24 – She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies sashes for the merchants.
Verse 25 – Strength and honor are her clothing; she shall rejoice in time to come.
Verse 26 – She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness.
Verse 27 – She watches over her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness (not lazy).
Verse 28 – Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
Verse 29 – “Many daughters have done will, but you excel them all.”
Verse 30 – Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
Verse 31 – Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates.
This woman who was just described, is a hard-working, loving, and compassionate wife and mother. Her strength and dignity does not come from all her achievements, they are a result of her reverence for God. However, there are not enough hours in a day to do what all this woman does, so be the best wife and mother you can be with instruction from our precious Lord.
This concludes the Book of Proverbs. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Solomon also wrote the Book of Ecclesiastes and we will start it tomorrow.