These are the sayings of King Lemuel, an oracle a that his mother taught him.
O my son, O son of my womb, O son of my promises,
do not spend your strength on women, on those who ruin kings.
And it is not for kings, O Lemuel, to guzzle wine. Rulers should not crave liquor.
For if they drink, they may forget their duties and be unable to give justice to those who are oppressed.
Liquor is for the dying, and wine for those in deep depression.
Let them drink to forget their poverty and remember their troubles no more.
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those who are perishing.
Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)