The sayings1 of King Lemuel--an oraclea his mother taught him:
"O my son, O son of my womb, O son of my vows,b23
do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings.34
"It is not for kings, O Lemuel-- not for kings to drink wine,4 not for rulers to crave beer,
lest they drink5 and forget what the law decrees,6 and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.
Give beer to those who are perishing, wine7 to those who are in anguish;
let them drink8 and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.
"Speak9 up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.
Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy."10