1 The words of Lemuel, king of Massa, which his mother taught him:
2 What, my son? What, son of my womb? What, son of my vows?
3 Give not your strength to women, your ways to those who destroy kings.
4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to desire strong drink;
5 lest they drink and forget what has been decreed, and pervert the rights of all the afflicted.
6 Give strong drink to him who is perishing, and wine to those in bitter distress;
7 let them drink and forget their poverty, and remember their misery no more.
8 Open your mouth for the dumb, for the rights of all who are left desolate.
9 Open your mouth, judge righteously, maintain the rights of the poor and needy.