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Proverbs 31:1-9 CEBA/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

Common English Bible w/ Apocrypha (CEBA) New International Version (NIV)
1 The words of King Lemuel of Massa, which his mother taught him: 1 The sayings of King Lemuel--an oracle his mother taught him:
2 No, my son! No, son of my womb! No, son of my solemn promises! 2 "O my son, O son of my womb, O son of my vows,
3 Don't give your strength to women, your ways to those who wipe out kings. 3 do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings.
4 It isn't for kings, Lemuel, it isn't for kings to drink wine, for rulers to crave strong drink. 4 "It is not for kings, O Lemuel-- not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer,
5 Otherwise, they will drink and forget the law, and violate the rights of the needy. 5 lest they drink and forget what the law decrees, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.
6 Give strong drink to those who are perishing and wine to those whose hearts are bitter. 6 Give beer to those who are perishing, wine to those who are in anguish;
7 Let them drink and forget their poverty and no longer remember their toil. 7 let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.
8 Speak out on behalf of the voiceless, and for the rights of all who are vulnerable. 8 "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.
9 Speak out in order to judge with righteousness and to defend the needy and the poor. 9 Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy."