Speak Out for Justice 31 1The words of King Lemuel, the strong advice his mother gave him: 2“Oh, son of mine, what can you be thinking of! Child whom I bore! The son I dedicated to God! 3Don’t dissipate your virility on fortune–hunting women, promiscuous women who shipwreck leaders. 4“Leaders can’t afford to make fools of themselves, gulping wine and swilling beer, 5Lest, hung over, they don’t know right from wrong, and the people who depend on them are hurt. 6Use wine and beer only as sedatives, to kill the pain and dull the ache 7Of the terminally ill, for whom life is a living death. 8“Speak up for the people who have no voice, for the rights of all the down–and–outers. 9Speak out for justice! Stand up for the poor and destitute!” Hymn to a Good Wife 10A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds. 11Her husband trusts her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it. 12Never spiteful, she treats him generously all her life long. 13She shops around for the best yarns and cottons, and enjoys knitting and sewing. 14She’s like a trading ship that sails to faraway places and brings back exotic surprises. 15She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast for her family and organizing her day. 16She looks over a field and buys it, then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden. 17First thing in the morning, she dresses for work, rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started. 18She senses the worth of her work, is in no hurry to call it quits for the day. 19She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth, diligent in homemaking. 20She’s quick to assist anyone in need, reaches out to help the poor. 21She doesn’t worry about her family when it snows; their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear. 22She makes her own clothing, and dresses in colorful linens and silks. 23Her husband is greatly respected when he deliberates with the city fathers. 24She designs gowns and sells them, brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops. 25Her clothes are well–made and elegant, and she always faces tomorrow with a smile. 26When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say, and she always says it kindly. 27She keeps an eye on everyone in her household, and keeps them all busy and productive. 28Her children respect and bless her; her husband joins in with words of praise: 29“Many women have done wonderful things, but you’ve outclassed them all!” 30Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades. The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the Fear–of–God. 31Give her everything she deserves! Festoon her life with praises!
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