Bible: Proverbs 31:1-9

The Words of Lemuel

31:1 The words of King Lemuel, 1 

an oracle 2  that his mother taught him:

31:2 O 3  my son, O son of my womb,

O son 4  of my vows,

31:3 Do not give your strength 5  to women,

nor your ways 6  to that which ruins 7  kings.

31:4 It is not for kings, 8  O Lemuel,

it is not for kings to drink wine, 9 

or for rulers to crave strong drink, 10 

31:5 lest they drink and forget what is decreed,

and remove 11  from all the poor 12  their legal rights. 13 

31:6 Give strong drink to the one who is perishing, 14 

and wine to those who are bitterly distressed; 15 

31:7 let them 16  drink and forget 17  their poverty,

and remember their misery no more.

31:8 Open your mouth 18  on behalf of those unable to speak, 19 

for the legal rights of all the dying. 20 

31:9 Open your mouth, judge in righteousness, 21 

and plead the cause 22  of the poor and needy.

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