Proverbs 31:1-9 (GOD'S WORD Translation)

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1 The sayings of King Lemuel, a prophetic revelation, used by his mother to discipline him. 2 "What, my son? What, son to whom I gave birth? What, son of my prayers? 3 Don't give your strength to women or your power to those who ruin kings. 4 "It is not for kings, Lemuel. It is not for kings to drink wine or for rulers to crave liquor. 5 Otherwise, they drink and forget what they have decreed and change the standard of justice for all oppressed people. 6 Give liquor to a person who is dying and wine to one who feels resentful. 7 Such a person drinks and forgets his poverty and does not remember his trouble anymore. 8 "Speak out for the one who cannot speak, for the rights of those who are doomed. 9 Speak out, judge fairly, and defend the rights of oppressed and needy people."
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