The Teaching of King Lemuel's Mother
1The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him:
2No, my son! No, son of my womb!
No, son of my vows!3Do not give your strength to women,
your ways to those who destroy kings.4It is not for kings, O Lemuel,
it is not for kings to drink wine,
or for rulers to desire strong drink;5or else they will drink and forget what has been decreed,
and will pervert the rights of all the afflicted.6Give strong drink to one who is perishing,
and wine to those in bitter distress;7let them drink and forget their poverty,
and remember their misery no more.8Speak out for those who cannot speak,
for the rights of all the destitute.9Speak out, judge righteously,
defend the rights of the poor and needy.