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Proverbs 31:1-9 (English Standard Version)

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The Words of King Lemuel

1 The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him: 2 What are you doing, my son?a What are you doing, 1son of my womb? What are you doing, 2son of my vows? 3 Do 3not give your strength to women, your ways to those 4who destroy kings. 4 5It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings 6to drink wine, or for rulers to take 7strong drink, 5 lest they drink and forget what has been decreed and 8pervert the rights of all the afflicted. 6 Give strong drink to the one who 9is perishing, and wine to 10those in bitter distress;b 7 11let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more. 8 12Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute.c 9 Open your mouth, 13judge righteously, 14defend the rights of 15the poor and needy.
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