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The Words of King Lemuel

(Compiled) By Joyce C. Lock

The prophecy that his mother taught him.
Proverbs 31:1, 10-31

Who can find a virtuous woman?

A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband. Pr. 12:4

Her price is far above rubies.

For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. Pr. 8:11

The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. Pr. 16:19

Those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. 1 Co. 12:22-25

She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. Ec. 2:26

She seeketh wool,

He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoar frost like ashes. Ps. 147:16 (Heavenly Sandpaper)

and flax,

The cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands. Judges 15:1 (God's Rubber Bands)

and worketh willingly with her hands.

How beautiful are thy feet with shoes, O prince's daughter! the joints of thy thighs are like jewels, the work of the hands of a cunning workman. Song 7:1

She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness. 2 Co. 9:10

She riseth also while it is yet night,

With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. Is. 26:9

and giveth meat to her household,

... meat which endureth unto everlasting life. John 6:27

and a portion to her maidens.

Whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour. Ec. 2:10

She considereth a field,

The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom. Mt.13:38

and buyeth it:

The kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. Mt. 13:44

with the fruit of her hands

Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength. Joel 2:22

she planteth a vineyard.

For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant. Is. 5:7

She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him. Ex. 15:2

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She perceiveth that her merchandise is good:

And her merchandise and her hire shall be holiness to the Lord: it shall not be treasured nor laid up; for her merchandise shall be for them that dwell before the Lord, to eat sufficiently, and for durable clothing. Is. 23:18

her candle goeth not out by night.

If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light. Luke 11:36

She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. 1 Ti. 4:14

She stretcheth out her hand to the poor;

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Mt. 5:3

yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

Defend the poor (w/o a spiritual father): do justice to the afflicted (needy). Ps. 82:3

She is not afraid of the snow for her household:

As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters. Pr. 25:13

for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

Thy lips like a thread of scarlet (thy speech comely). Song 4:3

She maketh herself coverings of tapestry;

I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt. Pr. 7:16

her clothing is silk and purple.

Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. Pr. 31:25

Her husband is known in the gates,

But if any man love God, the same is known of him. 1 Co. 8:3

when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth. Luke 22:27

She maketh fine linen,

Fine linen is the righteousness of saints. Re. 19:8

and selleth it;

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. Mt. 13:44

and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

For as the girdle cleaveth to the loins of a man, so have I caused to cleave unto me the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah, saith the Lord; that they might be unto me for a people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory. Jer. 13:11

Strength and honour are her clothing;

Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place. 1 Ch. 16:27

and she shall rejoice in time to come.

Them that trust in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That do good, that be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Lay up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. 1 Ti. 6:17-19

She openeth her mouth with wisdom;

Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few. Ec. 5:2

and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned. Is. 50:4

She looketh well to the ways of her household,

Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners? Song 6:10

and eateth not the bread of idleness.

In that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach. Is. 4:1

Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also,

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Mt. 5:3-11

and he praiseth her.

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. Pr. 31:30

Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways. Ps. 128:1

... a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.

My dove, my undefiled is but one; she is the only one of her mother, she is the choice one of her that bare her. The daughters saw her, and blessed her; yea, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her. Song 6:9

Give her of the fruit of her hands;

For the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things. Ze. 8:12

and let her own works praise her in the gates.

Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion. Ec. 3:22

© Joyce C. Lock
Joyce C. Lock is most known on the web for her long time involvement in numerous groups and e-mail ministries. She is a published author, poet, and columnist whose latest adventures include her new website Glimpses of God (unveiling mysteries via scriptural methods of Bible study) while offering a free online copy of her new book, Prisoners of Hope, to those joining to receive website updates. Joyce's writings encourage us in our relationship with God and each other.


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