Proverbs 31:1-9 NAS

The Words of Lemuel

1 The words of King Lemuel, the oracle which his mother taught him:

References for Proverbs 31:1

    • a 31:1 - Or "burden"
      2 What, O my son? And what, O 1son of my womb? And what, O son of my 2vows?

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      3 3Do not give your strength to women, Or your ways to that which 4destroys kings.

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      4 It is not for 5kings, O Lemuel, It is not for kings to 6drink wine, Or for rulers to desire strong drink,

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      5 For they will drink and forget what is decreed, And 7pervert the rights of all the afflicted.

      References for Proverbs 31:5

        • b 31:5 - Lit "judgment"
        • c 31:5 - Lit "sons of affliction"
          6 Give strong drink to him who is 8perishing, And wine to him 9whose life is bitter.

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            • d 31:6 - Lit "bitter of soul"
              7 Let him drink and forget his poverty And remember his trouble no more.
              8 10Open your mouth for the mute, For the rights of all the unfortunate *.

              References for Proverbs 31:8

                • e 31:8 - Lit "judgment"
                • f 31:8 - Lit "sons of passing away"
                  9 Open your mouth, 11judge righteously, And defend the 12rights of the afflicted and needy.

                  References for Proverbs 31:9

                    • g 31:9 - Lit "judge the afflicted"