Chapter 21

1; As streams of waters, the king's heart is in the hand of YAHWEH; He inclines it wherever He desires.

2; Every way of a man is upright in his own eyes, but YAHWEH weighs the hearts.

3; For YAHWEH, to do righteousness and justice is to be chosen more than sacrifice.

4; High eyes, a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.

5; The plans of the diligent tend only to plenty, but those of every hasty one only to poverty.

6; The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vapor driven by those who seek death.

7; The violence of the wicked destroys them, because they refuse to do justice.

8; The way of a guilty man is perverted; but the pure, his way is upright.

9; It is better to dwell on a corner of a housetop, than to share the house with a contentious woman.

10; The soul of the wicked desires evil, his neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.

11; The simple is made wise when the scorner is punished, and when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge.

12; The Righteous One wisely considers the house of the wicked: He overthrows the wicked for his evil.

13; Whoever stops his ears at the cry of the poor, he himself shall also call, and shall not be answered.

14; A gift in secret subdues anger; yea, a bribe in the bosom quiets strong wrath.

15; It is joy to the just to do justice, but ruin shall come to the workers of iniquity.

16; The man who wanders out of the way of understanding shall rest in the congregation of departed spirits.

17; A man who loves pleasure shall be poor, he who loves wine and oil shall not be rich.

18; The wicked shall be a ransom for the just, and the treacherous in the place of the upright.

19; It is better to live in a land of the wilderness than with a woman of strivings and anger.

20; A desirable treasure and oil are in the dwelling of the wise, but a foolish man devours it.

21; He who pursues righteousness and mercy finds life, righteousness and honor.

22; A wise one ascends the city of the mighty and topples the strength in which it trusts.

23; Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from distresses.

24; Proud, arrogant scorner is his name, he who deals in proud wrath.

25; The lust of the lazy man kills him, for his hands have refused to work.

26; He lusts with lust all the day long, but the righteous gives and does not withhold.

27; The sacrifice of the wicked is hateful, how much more when he brings it with an evil intent!

28; A false witness shall perish, but the man who hears will speak forever.

29; A wicked man hardens his face, but the upright establishes his way.

30; There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel before YAHWEH.

31; The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to YAHWEH.


Chapter 22

1; A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches; better is grace, rather than silver or gold.

2; The rich and poor meet together, YAHWEH is the Maker of all of them.

3; A prudent one sees the evil coming and hides himself, but the foolish go on and are punished.

4; The reward of humility is the fear of YAHWEH, riches, and honor, and life.

5; Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse, he who keeps his soul shall be far from them.

6; Train up a child on the opening of his way, even when he is old, he will not turn aside from it.

7; The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.

8; He who sows injustice will reap evil, and the rod of his wrath shall fail.

9; He who has a good eye, he is blessed, for he gives of his bread to the poor.

10; Drive away the scorner and strife shall go out; yea, quarrels and shame shall cease.

11; He who loves pureness of heart, grace is on his lips; the king shall be his friend.

12; The eyes of YAHWEH keep knowledge, and He overthrows the words of the treacherous.

13; The lazy one says, A lion is outside! I will be killed in the streets!

14; The mouth of alien women is a deep pit; those despised by YAHWEH shall fall there.

15; Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child, the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

16; One oppresses the poor to multiply for himself, another gives to the rich, only to come to poverty.

17; Stretch your ear and hear the words of the wise, and set your heart to my knowledge,

18; for they are pleasant when you keep them within you; they shall all be fixed together on your lips,

19; so that your trust may be in YAHWEH. I caused you to know today, even you.

20; Have I not written to you yesterday and the day before with counsels and knowledge,

21; to cause you to know the certainty of the words of truth, to return the words of truth to those who send to you?

22; Rob not the poor because he is poor, and oppress not the afflicted in the gate.

23; For YAHWEH will contend for their cause, and will plunder the soul of their plunderers.

24; Do not feed an owner of anger, and do not go in with a man of fury,

25; lest you learn his paths and take a snare for your soul.

26; Do not be one of those who strike the hand, those who are sureties for loans.

27; If you have nothing to repay, why should he take away your bed from under you?

28; Do not move the old landmark which your fathers have set.

29; Do you see a man who is diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings, he shall not stand before obscure men.


Chapter 23

1; When you sit down to eat with a ruler, look carefully at what is before you,

2; and put a knife to your throat if you are an owner of an appetite.

3; Do not desire his delicacies, for it is the bread of lies.

4; Do not labor to be rich, cease from your own understanding.

5; Will your eyes fly on it? And it is not! For surely it makes wings for itself, it flies into the heavens like an eagle.

6; Do not eat the bread of one having an evil eye, and do not desire his delicacies,

7; for as he thinks in his heart, so is he! He says to you, Eat and drink, but his heart is not with you.

8; You shall vomit the bit you have eaten and spoil your pleasant words.

9; Do not speak in the ears of a fool, for he will despise the good sense of your words.

10; Do not move the old landmark, and do not enter into the fields of the fatherless,

11; for their Redeemer is mighty, He will contend for their cause with you.

12; Bring your heart in for instruction, and your ears to the words of knowledge.

13; Do not withhold correction from a child, for if you strike him with the rod, he will not die.

14; You shall strike him with the rod, and you shall deliver his soul from Sheol.

15; My son, if your heart is wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine.

16; And my reins shall rejoice when your lips speak right things.

17; Do not let your heart envy sinners, but only be in the fear of YAHWEH all the day.

18; For surely there is a hereafter, and your hope shall not be cut off.

19; My son, hear, you, and be wise, and advance your heart in the way.

20; Be not among heavy drinkers of wine, with gluttons, flesh to themselves,

21; for the drunkard and the glutton lose all, and sleepiness shall clothe one with rags.

22; Listen to your father, this one fathered you, and do not despise your mother when she is old.

23; Obtain the truth, and sell it not, also wisdom, and instruction and understanding.

24; The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice, and he who fathers a wise one shall even be glad in him.

25; Your father and your mother shall be glad, and she who bore you shall rejoice.

26; My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes watch my ways.

27; For a harlot is a deep pit, and a strange woman is a narrow well.

28; Surely she lies in wait, as for prey, and she increases the treacherous among men.

29; Who has woe, who sorrow? Who has contentions, who has babbling? Who has wounds without cause? Who has dullness of eyes?

30; Those who stay long at the wine, those who go to seek mixed wine.

31; Do not look at the wine when it is red, when it gives its color in the cup, when it goes down smoothly,

32; at its last it bites like a snake, and it stings like an adder.

33; Your eyes shall look on strange women, and your heart shall speak perverse things;

34; yes, you shall be as one who lies down in the middle of the sea, or as he who lies on the top of a mast,

35; saying, They struck me! I was not sick! They beat me, yet I did not know. When I awaken I will add to it, I will still seek it.


Chapter 24

1; Do not envy evil men, nor desire to be with them.

2; For their heart meditates on violence, and their lips talk of mischief.

3; Through wisdom a house is built, and it is established by understanding,

4; and by knowledge the rooms shall be filled with precious and pleasant riches.

5; A wise warrior is in strength: yes, a man of knowledge firms up power.

6; For you shall make war for yourself by wise advice, and deliverance is in the great counselor.

7; Wisdom is too high for a fool, he does not open his mouth in the gate.

8; He who plots to do evil shall be called a master of evil plots.

9; The plot of foolishness is sin, and the scorner is hateful to men.

10; Your strength is narrow if you faint in the day of distress,

11; if you hold back to deliver those being taken to death, and those stumbling for killing.

12; For you say, Behold, we did not know this. Does not He who weighs the heart consider it? And the One who keeps your soul, does He not know? Yea, He repays to a man according to his work.

13; My son, eat honey because it is good, and the honeycomb is sweet to your palate;

14; so shall knowledge of wisdom be to your soul when you have found there is a future reward and your hope is not cut off.

15; Oh wicked one, do not lie in wait against the dwelling of the righteous; do not violate his resting place,

16; for a righteous one falls seven times and rises up again, but the wicked shall stumble into evil.

17; Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles,

18; that YAHWEH not see and it be evil in His eyes, and He turn away His anger from him.

19; Do not burn in anger because of evildoers, and do not envy the wicked;

20; for no reward shall be to the wicked; the lamp of the wicked will be put out.

21; My son, fear YAHWEH and the king; do not meddle with those who change,

22; for their calamity shall rise suddenly, and who knows the ruin of both of them?

23; These also are for the wise: to respect persons in judgment is not good.

24; He who says to the wicked, You are righteous; the peoples shall curse him; nations shall abhor him.

25; But to those who rebuke, it is pleasant, and a good blessing comes to them.

26; He kisses the lips of one who returns right words.

27; Prepare your work outside, and make it fit for yourself in the field, and afterwards build your house.

28; Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause, or deceive with your lips.

29; Do not say, I will do to him as he has done to me; I will repay each according to his work.

30; I went over the field of the lazy man, and by the vineyard of the man lacking heart,

31; and, lo, it was all risen up with thistles; nettles had covered its surface, and its stone wall was broken down.

32; And I beheld, I set my heart on it, I looked, I received instruction.

33; A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to lie down;

34; so shall your poverty come stalking, and your want like a man with a shield.


Chapter 25

1; These are the proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied out:

2; The glory of Elohim is to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.

3; The heavens for height, and the earth for depth, but the heart of kings is unsearchable.

4; Take away the dross from the silver, and a vessel of the refiner's shall appear.

5; Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne is established in righteousness.

6; Do not honor yourself before a king, and do not stand in the place of the great.

7; For it is better that he shall say to you, Come up here! Than that you should be put lower before a noble whom your eyes have seen.

8; Do not go out to fight hastily, lest you know not what to do in the end of it, when your neighbor has put you to shame.

9; Contend for your cause with your neighbor, and do not uncover the secret of another,

10; lest he who hears put you to shame, and your evil report not turn back.

11; A word rightly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.

12; As a ring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover on an obedient ear.

13; Like the cold of snow in harvest time, so is a faithful messenger to those sending him, for he refreshes the soul of his masters.

14; A man boasting himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind, but with no rain.

15; In being slow to anger, a ruler is persuaded; and a soft tongue shatters the bone.

16; Have you found honey? Eat only your fill lest you be satiated and vomit it out.

17; Make your foot rare from your neighbor's house, lest he be full of you and hate you.

18; A man who gives false witness against his neighbor is a maul, and a sword and a sharp arrow.

19; Confidence in a traitor in time of distress is like a bad tooth and a slipping foot.

20; As he who takes away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar on soda, so is he who sings songs on a heart in misery.

21; If your enemy you is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink,

22; for you shall heap coals of fire on his head, and YAHWEH shall reward you.

23; The north wind brings rain, so does a secret tongue an angry face.

24; It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop than to share a house with a contentious woman.

25; Like cold waters to a weary soul, so is a good report from a far country.

26; The righteous falling down before the wicked is like a fouled fountain and a ruined spring.

27; It is not good to eat much honey, and to search out their own honor is not honor.

28; A man to whom there is no control to his spirit is like a broken down city without a wall.


Chapter 26

1; As snow in summer, and as rain in harvest, so honor is not right for a fool.

2; As the wandering bird, as the swallow in its flying, so the causeless curse shall never come.

3; A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey , and a rod for the back of fools.

4; Answer not a fool according to his foolishness, lest you become like him, even you.

5; Answer a fool according to his foolishness, that he not be wise in his own eyes.

6; He that sends a message by a fool's hand cuts off his own feet and drinks violence.

7; As the legs of the lame are weak, so is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

8; As he binding a stone on a sling, so is he giving honor to a fool.

9; As a thorn goes up into the drunkard's hand, so is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

10; Great is the Former of all things, but he who hires a fool is like one who hires those passing by.

11; As a dog that returns to his own vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness.

12; Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.

13; The lazy one says, A lion is in the way, a lion is between the streets!

14; As the door turns on its hinge, so is the lazy one on his bed.

15; The lazy one buries his hand in the dish; he is weary to bring it back to his mouth.

16; The lazy one is wiser in his own eyes than seven that return a wise answer.

17; One passing by, crossing himself over strife that is not his own, is like one who grabs a dog's ears.

18; Like a madman throwing sparks, arrows, and death,

19; so is a man who deceives his neighbor and says, Am I not joking?

20; The fire goes out where there is no wood, so the strife ceases where there is no gossiper.

21; As coal to burning embers, and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to kindle strife.

22; The words of a gossiper are as delicacies, and they go down into the chambers of the heart.

23; As with silver dross spread over an earthen vessel, so are burning lips and a wicked heart.

24; He who hates, dissembles with his lips, for he lays up deceit in his inner being;

25; when his voice is gracious, do not believe him, for he has seven hateful things in his heart.

26; Though his hatred is covered by guile, his evil shall be revealed in the assembly.

27; He who digs a pit shall fall into it, and he who rolls a stone shall have it turn back on him.

28; A lying tongue hates the ones it crushes, and a flattering mouth works stumbling.


Chapter 27

1; Do not boast in the day of tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.

2; Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; let it be a stranger, and not your own lips.

3; A stone is heavy, and sand a burden, but a fool's anger is heavier than both.

4; Fury is fierce, and anger overflows, but who can stand before jealousy?

5; Better is degrading chastisement in the open than concealed love.

6; Faithful are the wounds of a lover, and plentiful are the kisses of a hated one.

7; One who is full tramples a honeycomb, but to a hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

8; A man wandering from his place is like a bird that wanders from the nest.

9; Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart, and one's friend is sweet from the counsel of the soul.

10; Do not forsake your friend, nor your father's friend, and do not go into your brother's house in the day of your calamity, for a near neighbor is better than a brother far away.

11; My son, become wise and give joy to my heart, so that I may return a word to him that taunts me.

12; A prudent man sees the evil and hides himself; the simple go on and are punished.

13; Take the garment of him who is surety for a stranger, and hold him in pledge who is surety for a strange woman.

14; He who rises early in the morning and blesses his friend with a loud voice, it is counted as cursing to him.

15; Drops that never cease on a rainy day, and a contentious woman are alike;

16; he who hides her hides the wind, and the ointment of his right hand cries out.

17; Iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens his friend's face.

18; The keeper of the fig tree eats its fruit, so he keeping his master is honored.

19; As the face reflects the face in the water, so the heart of man reflects a man.

20; Sheol and destruction are never satisfied, so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

21; The refining pot tries silver, and the furnace tries gold, but a man is tried by the mouth of his praise.

22; If you pound a fool in the mortar with a pestle amidst grain, his foolishness will not turn away from him.

23; Know well the face of your flock; set your heart on your herds,

24; for wealth is not forever, nor the crown from generation to generation.

25; When the grass is revealed, and the new grass is seen, and the mountain plants are taken up,

26; the lambs will be for your clothing, and the he-goats the price for a field,

27; and there will be goat's milk enough for your food, for the food of your household, and for the life of your maidens.


Chapter 28

1; The wicked flee though no one is pursuing, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.

2; Because of transgression in a land, many are its rulers, but it is prolonged by a man who has understanding, who knows right.

3; A poor man that oppresses the weak is like a sweeping rain that leaves no food.

4; Those who forsake the Torah praise the wicked, but those who keep the Torah strive with them.

5; Evil men do not understand justice, but those seeking YAHWEH understand all.

6; Better is the poor walking in his integrity than the crooked of two ways, even if he is rich.

7; He who keeps the Torah is a wise son, but he who is one feeding gluttons shames his father.

8; He who multiplies his wealth by interest and usury, he shall gather it for him who pities the weak.

9; Whoever turns aside his ear from hearing the Torah, even his prayer is an abomination.

10; He who causes the upright to go astray in an evil way shall fall into his own pit, and the blameless shall inherit good.

11; A rich man is wise in his own eyes, but the discerning poor searches him out.

12; When the righteous rejoice, great is the glory, but when the wicked rise, a man will be sought for.

13; He who covers his sins will not fare well, but he who confesses and forsakes them shall have pity.

14; Blessed is a man who reveres YAHWEH always! But he who hardens his heart falls into evil.

15; The wicked ruler is a roaring lion and a charging bear over a poor people.

16; The ruler that lacks understanding even adds oppressions, but he who hates unjust gain prolongs his days.

17; Any man oppressed with the blood of a soul shall flee to the pit; let them not uphold him.

18; He who walks uprightly shall be saved, but he who is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.

19; He who tills his ground shall have plenty of bread, but one pursuing vanities shall have much poverty.

20; A faithful man shall be full of blessings, but he rushing to be rich shall not be innocent.

21; To respect faces is not good, yea, for a man will transgress for a piece of bread.

22; A man with an evil eye hastens after wealth, but he does not know that poverty will come on him.

23; He who reproves a man afterwards finds grace, more than he who flatters with the tongue.

24; He who robs his father or his mother, and says, It is not a transgression, he shall be a partner to a man who corrupts.

25; The proud in soul stirs up strife, but he who is trusting on YAHWEH shall be abundantly satisfied.

26; He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom shall be delivered.

27; He who gives to the poor shall not lack, but he who hides his eyes shall have plenty of curses.

28; When the wicked rise, a man hides himself; but when they perish, the righteous multiply.


Chapter 29

1; A man who hardens his neck when reproved shall be suddenly broken, and there will be no healing.

2; When the righteous increase, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people sigh.

3; He who loves wisdom gladdens his father, but a feeder of harlots wastes wealth.

4; A king establishes a land by justice, but a man taking bribes tears it down.

5; A man who flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his steps.

6; A snare is in the transgression of an evil man, but the righteous sing and rejoice.

7; The righteous attends to the cause of the poor; the wicked does not discern knowledge.

8; Scornful men blast a city, but the wise turn away anger.

9; If a wise man disputes with a foolish man, either he shakes, or laughs, and there is no rest.

10; Men of blood hate the blameless, but the upright seek his soul.

11; A fool brings out all of his spirit, but holding back, the wise quiets it.

12; To a ruler who listens to lying words, all his ministers are wicked.

13; The poor and the injurious man meet together. YAHWEH enlightens the eyes of both.

14; A king that truly judges the weak shall have his throne established forever.

15; The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a boy let loose causes shame to his mother.

16; When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increases; but the righteous shall see their fall.

17; Discipline your son, and you will get rest, and it will give delight to your soul.

18; Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained. But blessed is he, the one keeping the Torah.

19; A servant is not corrected by words; though he discerns, there is no answer.

20; Do you see a man hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than of him.

21; He who pampers his servant from youth, even afterwards in his days he shall be his successor.

22; An angry man stirs up contention, and a furious one abounds in transgression.

23; The pride of man brings him low, but the humble of spirit takes hold of honor.

24; He who shares with a thief hates his soul; he hears a curse, but does not tell it.

25; The fear of man brings a snare, but he trusting YAHWEH is set on high.

26; Many seek the face of the ruler, but the judgment of each man is from YAHWEH.

27; An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous, and the upright of way are an abomination to the wicked.


Chapter 30

1; The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, the burden: The man spoke to Ithiel, even to Ithiel and Ucal, saying,

2; Surely I am more brutish than anyone, and I do not have the understanding of a man.

3; I have not learned wisdom, but I do know the knowledge of holiness.

4; Who has gone up to Heaven, and come down? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in His garments? Who has made all the ends of the earth to rise? What is His name, and what is His Son's name? Surely you know.

5; Every Word of Elohim is refined, He is a shield to those who seek refuge in Him.

6; Do not add to His Words, that He not reprove you, and you be found a liar.

7; I have asked two things from You: Do not hold back from me before I die:

8; Remove vanity and a lying word far from me, do not give me poverty or riches; tear for me my portion of bread,

9; that I not become satisfied and deceive, and say, Who is YAHWEH? Or that I not become poor and steal, and violate the name of my Elohim.

10; Do not slander a servant to his master, that he not curse you, and you be found guilty.

11; A generation curses its father, and does not bless its mother,

12; a generation that is pure in its own eyes, and yet not washed from its own filth.

13; There is a generation, Oh how lofty are its eyes! And its eyelids are lifted up,

14; a generation whose teeth are like swords, and its jaw teeth like knives, to devour the poor from the earth, and the needy from among men.

15; The leech has two daughters crying, Give! Give! Three things are not satisfied, four never have said, Enough!

16; Sheol, and the barren womb, the earth not filled with water, and the fire, these never said, Enough!

17; The eye that mocks its father and despises to obey its mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, the sons of the eagle shall eat it.

18; Three things are too wonderful for me; yea, I do not know the way of four:

19; The way of an eagle in the heavens, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship in the heart of the sea, and the way of a man with a virgin.

20; So is the way of an adulterous woman: she eats, and wipes her mouth, and says, I have done no evil.

21; The earth quakes under three things; yea, it is not able to bear up under four:

22; Under a servant when he reigns, and a fool when he is filled with food,

23; under a hated one when she is married, under a slave-girl when she is heir to her mistress.

24; Four things are little on the earth, but they are the wise ones of those made wise:

25; The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their food in summer;

26; rock badgers are not a powerful people, yet they make their houses in the rock;

27; the locusts have no king, yet they go out in a swarm, all of them;

28; the lizard you can take with the hands, yet it is in king's palaces.

29; There are three things that do good in a march; yea, four that do good in walking:

30; A lion is mighty among beasts, and he does not turn away from facing all;

31; one girded in loins, and a he-goat, and a king - there is no rising up with him.

32; If you have been foolish in lifting yourself up, or if you have plotted evil, lay your hand on your mouth!

33; Surely, the squeezing of milk brings curds, and the squeezing of the nose brings blood, so the squeezing of wrath brings out strife.


Chapter 31

1; The words of King Lemuel, the burden that his mother taught him:

2; What, my son? And what, the son of my womb? And what, the son of my vows?

3; Do not give your strength to women, or your ways to that which wipes out kings.

4; It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, nor for princes to lust for fermented drink,

5; that they not drink and forget what is decreed, and pervert the right of the sons of affliction.

6; Give fermented drink to one perishing, and wine to the bitter of soul,

7; let him drink and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.

8; Open your mouth for the dumb, in the cause of all the sons of those passing away.

9; Open your mouth, judge righteously, and defend the poor and needy.

10; Who can find a woman of virtue? For her value is far above jewels.

11; The heart of her husband trusts in her, so that he has no lack of gain.

12; She deals good with him, and not evil, all the days of her life.

13; She seeks wool and flax, and she works with her hands with delight.

14; She is like the merchant ships, she brings in her food from afar.

15; She also rises while it is still night and gives game to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

16; She has examined a field and takes it; she plants a vineyard from the fruit of her hands.

17; She has girded her loins with strength, and has made her arms strong.

18; She tastes whether her gain is good, her lamp is not put out by night.

19; She has sent forth her hands on the distaff, and her hands have held the spindle.

20; She spreads out her hands to the poor, yea, she stretches out 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 makes herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is fine linen and purple.

23; Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits with the elders of the land.

24; She makes fine linen garments, and sells, and she delivers belts to the merchant.

25; Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she shall rejoice at the day to come.

26; She opens her mouth in wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

27; She watches the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.

28; Her children rise up and call her blessed, her husband also, for he praises her:

29; Many are the daughters who work with virtue, but you rise above them all!

30; Charm may be deceitful, and beauty vain, but a woman who fears YAHWEH, she shall be praised.

31; Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.