The words of King Lemuel, the strong advice his mother gave him:
"Oh, son of mine, what can you be thinking of! Child whom I bore! The son I dedicated to God!
Don't dissipate your virility on fortune-hunting women, promiscuous women who shipwreck leaders.
"Leaders can't afford to make fools of themselves, gulping wine and swilling beer,
Lest, hung over, they don't know right from wrong, and the people who depend on them are hurt.
Use wine and beer only as sedatives, to kill the pain and dull the ache
Of the terminally ill, for whom life is a living death.
"Speak up for the people who have no voice, for the rights of all the down-and-outers.
Speak out for justice! Stand up for the poor and destitute!"
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)