Proverbs 31:1-9

The Sayings of King Lemuel

These are the sayings of King Lemuel. His mother taught them to him. These sayings came from God.

Listen, my son! Listen, my very own son!
    Listen, you who are the answer to my prayers!
Don’t waste your strength on women.
    Don’t waste it on those who destroy kings.

Lemuel, it isn’t good for kings to drink wine.
    It isn’t good for rulers to long for beer.
If they do, they might drink and forget what has been commanded.
    They might take away the rights of all those who are treated badly.
Let beer be for those who are dying.
    Let wine be for those who are sad and troubled.
Let them drink and forget how poor they are.
    Let them forget their suffering.

Speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves.
    Speak up for the rights of all those who are poor.
Speak up and judge fairly.
    Speak up for the rights of those who are poor and needy.

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