Sayings of King Lemuel

1 The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him.
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2 Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb! Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers!
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3 Do not spend your strengtha on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings.
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4 It is not for kings, Lemuel— it is not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer,
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5 lest they drink and forget what has been decreed, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.
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6 Let beer be for those who are perishing, wine for those who are in anguish!
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7 Let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.
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8 Speak 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.

Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character

10 b A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
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    • • 31:10 - Verses 10-31 are an acrostic poem, the verses of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.