Do 1not give your strength to women, your ways to those 2who destroy kings.
43It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings 4to drink wine, or for rulers to take 5strong drink,
lest they drink and forget what has been decreed and 6pervert the rights of all the afflicted.
Give strong drink to the one who 7is perishing, and wine to 8those in bitter distress;a79let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.
810Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute.b9
Open your mouth, 11judge righteously, 12defend the rights of 13the poor and needy.
10c14An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than 15jewels.
The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.
She 16seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands.