Proverbs 31:1-9 NLT

1 These are the sayings of King Lemuel, an oracle a that his mother taught him.

References for Proverbs 31:1

    •  31:1 - Or <I>of Lemuel, king of Massa.</I>
      2 O my son, O son of my womb, O son of my promises,
      3 do not spend your strength on women, on those who ruin kings.
      4 And it is not for kings, O Lemuel, to guzzle wine. Rulers should not crave liquor.
      5 For if they drink, they may forget their duties and be unable to give justice to those who are oppressed.
      6 Liquor is for the dying, and wine for those in deep depression.
      7 Let them drink to forget their poverty and remember their troubles no more.
      8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those who are perishing.
      9 Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.