1 The words of king Lemo'el; the oracle which his mother taught him.
2 "Oh, my son!" Oh, son of my womb! Oh, son of my vows!
3 Don't give your strength to women, Nor your ways to that which destroys kings.
4 It is not for kings, Lemo'el; it is not for kings to drink wine; Nor for princes to say, 'Where is strong drink?'
5 Lest they drink, and forget the law, And pervert the justice due to anyone who is afflicted.
6 Give strong drink to him who is ready to perish; And wine to the bitter in soul:
7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, And remember his misery no more.
8 Open your mouth for the mute, In the cause of all who are left desolate.
9 Open your mouth, judge righteously, And serve justice to the poor and needy."