The words of kingLemuel, the prophecy that his mothertaught him.
What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?3Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyethkings.4
It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drinkwine; nor forprinces strong drink:5
Lest they drink , and forget the law , and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted .
6Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish , and wine unto those that be of heavyhearts.7
Let him drink , and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.
8Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.9Open thy mouth,judgerighteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.