The Words of King Lemuel

1 The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him:
2 What are you doing, my son?a What are you doing, 1son of my womb? What are you doing, 2son of my vows?
3 Do 3not give your strength to women, your ways to those 4who destroy kings.
4 5It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings 6to drink wine, or for rulers to take 7strong drink,
5 lest they drink and forget what has been decreed and 8pervert the rights of all the afflicted.
6 Give strong drink to the one who 9is perishing, and wine to 10those in bitter distress;b
7 11let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.
8 12Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute.c
9 Open your mouth, 13judge righteously, 14defend the rights of 15the poor and needy.