all the days of her life.
and works with eager hands.
bringing her food from afar.
she provides food for her family
and portions for her servant girls.
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
her arms are strong for her tasks.
and her lamp does not go out at night.
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
and extends her hands to the needy.
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
she can laugh at the days to come.
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
her husband also, and he praises her:
but you surpass them all."
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."
He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire;
~ Samuel Butler