1 The words of King Lemuel, the strong advice his mother gave him:
2 "Oh, son of mine, what can you be thinking of! Child whom I bore! The son I dedicated to God!
3 Don't dissipate your virility on fortune-hunting women, promiscuous women who shipwreck leaders.
4 "Leaders can't afford to make fools of themselves, gulping wine and swilling beer,
5 Lest, hung over, they don't know right from wrong, and the people who depend on them are hurt.
6 Use wine and beer only as sedatives, to kill the pain and dull the ache
7 Of the terminally ill, for whom life is a living death.
8 "Speak up for the people who have no voice, for the rights of all the down-and-outers.
9 Speak out for justice! Stand up for the poor and destitute!"