The Words of Lemuel

1 The words of King Lemuel, an oraclea that his mother taught him:
2 What [should I say], my son? What, son of my womb? What, son of my vows?
3 Don't spend your energy on women or your efforts on those who destroy kings.
4 It is not for kings, Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine or for rulers [to desire] beer.
5 Otherwise, theyb will drink, forget what is decreed, and pervert justice for all the oppressed.c d
6 Give beer to one who is dying, and wine to one whose life is bitter.
7 Let him drink so that he can forget his poverty and remember his trouble no more.
8 Speak upe for those who have no voice,f for the justice of all who are dispossessed.g
9 Speak up,h judge righteously, and defend the cause ofi the oppressed and needy.