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1 The words of king Lemuel; the burden wherewith his mother corrected him.
1 My words have been spoken by God—the oracular answer of a king, whom his mother instructed.
1 THE words of Moael, a king and prophet, which his mother taught him, saying,
2 What, my son? and what, O son of my womb? and what, O son of my vows?
2 What wilt thou keep, my son, what? the words of God. My firstborn son, I speak to thee: what? son of my womb? what? son of my vows?
2 Oh my son! Oh the son of my womb! Oh the son of my vows!
3 Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.
3 Give not thy wealth to women, nor thy mind and living to remorse. Do all things with counsel: drink wine with counsel.
3 Do not give your substance to women, or your riches to overthrow kings.
4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine: nor for princes to say: 'Where is strong drink?'
4 Princes are prone to anger: let them then not drink wine
5 Lest they drink, and forget that which is decreed, and pervert the justice due to any that is afflicted.
5 And perhaps they may drink and forget judgments, and alter the case of the sons of the poor.
5 Lest you drink and forget the law and forsake the judgment of the afflicted.
6 Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto the bitter in soul;
6 Let strong drink be given to those who mourn, and wine to those who are of heavy heart,
7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.
7 that they may forget their poverty, and may not remember their troubles any more.
7 Let them drink, and forget their needs, and remember their sorrow no more.
8 Open thy mouth for the dumb, in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.
8 Open your mouth for the mute and for all the cases of the sons who are passing through.
9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
9 Open your mouth, declare what is just, and do justice to the indigent and the poor.