Proverbs 31:1-9 CSB

The Words of Lemuel

1 The words of King Lemuel, an oraclea that his mother taught him:

References for Proverbs 31:1

    • a 31:1 - Or of Lemuel, king of Massa
      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

      References for Proverbs 31:5

        • b 31:5 - Lit he
        • c 31:5 - Lit sons of affliction
        • d 31:5 - Ps 72:1-2; Isa 28:7
          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

          References for Proverbs 31:8

            • e 31:8 - Lit Open your mouth
            • f 31:8 - Lit who are mute
            • g 31:8 - Lit all the sons of passing away
              9 Speak up,h judge righteously, and defend the cause ofi the oppressed and needy.

              References for Proverbs 31:9

                • h 31:9 - Lit Open your mouth
                • i 31:9 - Lit and justice for