41It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings 2to drink wine, or for rulers to take 3strong drink,
lest they drink and forget what has been decreed and 4pervert the rights of all the afflicted.
Give strong drink to the one who 5is perishing, and wine to 6those in bitter distress;a77let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.
88Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute.b9
Open your mouth, 9judge righteously, 10defend the rights of 11the poor and needy.
10c12An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than 13jewels.
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 14seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands.
She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar.