The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him:
What are you doing, my son?a What are you doing, 1son of my womb? What are you doing, 2son of my vows?
Do 3not give your strength to women, your ways to those 4who destroy kings.
45It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings 6to drink wine, or for rulers to take 7strong drink,
lest they drink and forget what has been decreed and 8pervert the rights of all the afflicted.
Give strong drink to the one who 9is perishing, and wine to 10those in bitter distress;b711let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.
812Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute.c9
Open your mouth, 13judge righteously, 14defend the rights of 15the poor and needy.