Proverbs 31:1-9 ESV

The Words of King Lemuel

1 The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him:

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      2 What are you doing, my son?a What are you doing, 1son of my womb? What are you doing, 2son of my vows?

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        • × 31:2 - Hebrew What, my son?
          3 Do 3not give your strength to women, your ways to those 4who destroy kings.

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          4 5It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings 6to drink wine, or for rulers to take 7strong drink,

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          5 lest they drink and forget what has been decreed and 8pervert the rights of all the afflicted.

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          6 Give strong drink to the one who 9is perishing, and wine to 10those in bitter distress;b

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            • Ø 31:6 - Hebrew those bitter in soul
              7 11let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.

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              8 12Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute.c

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                • Ù 31:8 - Hebrew are sons of passing away
                  9 Open your mouth, 13judge righteously, 14defend the rights of 15the poor and needy.

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