The Words of Lemuel

1 The words of King Lemuel, the oracle which his mother taught him:
2 What, O my son? And what, O 1son of my womb? And what, O son of my 2vows?
3 3Do not give your strength to women, Or your ways to that which 4destroys kings.
4 It is not for 5kings, O Lemuel, It is not for kings to 6drink wine, Or for rulers to desire strong drink,
5 For they will drink and forget what is decreed, And 7pervert the rights of all the afflicted.
6 Give strong drink to him who is 8perishing, And wine to him 9whose life is bitter.
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 *.
9 Open your mouth, 11judge righteously, And defend the 12rights of the afflicted and needy.