"The words of King Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him."
Well.....I did not remember until reading the first part of the chapter that it's a few verses until we get into the famous "Proverbs 31" verses, but I think there is something to learn even in this verse. This man's mother taught him. She took the time to sit him down--probably throughout the day throughout his life--about what he should hold in high esteem, how he should act, what he should look for in a wife, etc. Throughout Proverbs boys are told to listen to their mothers and to not despise their instruction. But this also speaks to mothers that our instruction has to be worth listening to. How wonderful for this king's mother's teachings to be immortalized in Scripture--something to be held up as something for generations of women to strive for. It reminds me of a 4Him song "I Want to Be a Man"--it speaks about the singer's desire to be a man that God would write about a thousand years from now: "a servant of choice, one who found favor, a man who heard your voice". That could be applied to women too. I do not *want* to be in Scripture (if that were possible), but to be THAT worthy, to find favor in the sight of the Lord to THAT level. Wow.