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Proverbs 31:3-9 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

Don’t spend your energy on women
or your efforts on those who destroy kings.
It is not for kings, Lemuel,
it is not for kings to drink wine
or for rulers to desire beer.
Otherwise, he will drink,
forget what is decreed,
and pervert justice for all the oppressed.[a]
Give beer to one who is dying
and wine to one whose life is bitter.
Let him drink so that he can forget his poverty
and remember his trouble no more.
Speak up[b] for those who have no voice,[c]
for the justice of all who are dispossessed.[d]
Speak up, judge righteously,
and defend the cause of the oppressed and needy.


  1. 31:5 Lit sons of affliction
  2. 31:8 Lit Open your mouth, also in v. 9
  3. 31:8 Lit who are mute
  4. 31:8 Lit all the sons of passing away
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Proverbs 31:3-9 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Do not give your strength to women,
    your ways to those who destroy kings.
It is not for kings, O Lemuel,
    it is not for kings to drink wine,
    or for rulers to desire[a] strong drink;
or else they will drink and forget what has been decreed,
    and will pervert the rights of all the afflicted.
Give strong drink to one who is perishing,
    and wine to those in bitter distress;
let them drink and forget their poverty,
    and remember their misery no more.
Speak out for those who cannot speak,
    for the rights of all the destitute.[b]
Speak out, judge righteously,
    defend the rights of the poor and needy.


  1. Proverbs 31:4 Cn: Heb where
  2. Proverbs 31:8 Heb all children of passing away
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