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Proverbs 31:1-9 (Holman Christian Standard)

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The Words of Lemuel

1 The words of King Lemuel, an oraclea that his mother taught him: 2 What [should I say], my son? What, son of my womb? What, son of my vows? 3 Don't spend your energy on women or your efforts on those who destroy kings. 4 It is not for kings, Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine or for rulers [to desire] beer. 5 Otherwise, theyb will drink, forget what is decreed, and pervert justice for all the oppressed.c d 6 Give beer to one who is dying, and wine to one whose life is bitter. 7 Let him drink so that he can forget his poverty and remember his trouble no more. 8 Speak upe for those who have no voice,f for the justice of all who are dispossessed.g 9 Speak up,h judge righteously, and defend the cause ofi the oppressed and needy.
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