Proverbs 31:1-9 New International Version

Admonitions to a King

31 1  The sayings of King Lemuel-an inspired utterance his mother taught him. 2  Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb! Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers! 3  Do not spend your strength[1] on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings. 4  It is not for kings, Lemuel- it is not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer, 5  lest they drink and forget what has been decreed, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights. 6  Let beer be for those who are perishing, wine for those who are in anguish! 7  Let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more. 8  Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. 9  Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.


Footnotes

[1] 31:3 Or "wealth"

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