The words of KingLemuel, the aoraclewhich his mothertaught him:
2What, O my son? And what, O 1son of my womb? And what, O son of my 2vows?
33Do not give your strength to women, Or your ways to that which 4destroyskings.
It is not for 5kings, O Lemuel, It is not for kings to 6drinkwine, Or for rulers to desirestrongdrink,
For they will drink and forget what is decreed, And 7pervert the brights of all the cafflicted.
6Givestrongdrink to him who is 8perishing, And wine to him d9whose life is bitter.
Let him drink and forget his poverty And remember his troublenomore.
810Open your mouth for the mute, For the erights of all the funfortunate .
9Open your mouth, 11judgerighteously, And gdefend the 12rights of the afflicted and needy.