A reading from the book of Proverbs.
A perfect love – who can find one?
Such a person is valued far beyond pearls,
Instilling confidence in the partner’s heart,
providing no little profit,
Bringing advantage and not hurt
all the days of their lives;
Always busy with wool and with flax,
Doing the work with willing hands;
Setting hands to the distaff,
fingers grasping the spindle;
Holding out a hand to the poor,
greeting the needy with open arms.
Charm is deceitful, and beauty empty;
the people who are wise are the ones to praise.
Give them a share in what their hands have worked for,
and let their works tell their praises at the city gates.
The Word of God recorded in the book of Proverbs.