Proverbs 31:1-9 NIV

Sayings of King Lemuel

1 The sayings1 of King Lemuel--an oraclea his mother taught him:

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    • a 31:1 - Or "of Lemuel king of Massa, which"
      2 "O my son, O son of my womb, O son of my vows,b2

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        • b 31:2 - Or "/ the answer to my prayers"
          3 do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings.3

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          4 "It is not for kings, O Lemuel-- not for kings to drink wine,4 not for rulers to crave beer,

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          5 lest they drink5 and forget what the law decrees,6 and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.

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          6 Give beer to those who are perishing, wine7 to those who are in anguish;

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          7 let them drink8 and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.

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          8 "Speak9 up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.

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          9 Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy."10

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