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Proverbs 31:1-9 World English Bible (WEB)

31 The words of king Lemuel; the revelation which his mother taught him.

“Oh, my son!
    Oh, son of my womb!
    Oh, son of my vows!
Don’t give your strength to women,
    nor your ways to that which destroys kings.
It is not for kings, Lemuel;
    it is not for kings to drink wine;
    nor for princes to say, ‘Where is strong drink?’
lest they drink, and forget the law,
    and pervert the justice due to anyone who is afflicted.
Give strong drink to him who is ready to perish;
    and wine to the bitter in soul:
Let him drink, and forget his poverty,
    and remember his misery no more.
Open your mouth for the mute,
    in the cause of all who are left desolate.
Open your mouth, judge righteously,
    and serve justice to the poor and needy.”

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Proverbs 31:1-9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Words of Lemuel

31 The words of King Lemuel, the [a]oracle which his mother taught him:

What, O my son?
And what, O son of my womb?
And what, O son of my vows?
Do not give your strength to women,
Or your ways to that which destroys kings.
It is not for kings, O Lemuel,
It is not for kings to drink wine,
Or for rulers to desire strong drink,
For they will drink and forget what is decreed,
And pervert the [b]rights of all the [c]afflicted.
Give strong drink to him who is perishing,
And wine to him [d]whose life is bitter.
Let him drink and forget his poverty
And remember his trouble no more.
Open your mouth for the mute,
For the [e]rights of all the [f]unfortunate.
Open your mouth, judge righteously,
And [g]defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 31:1 Or burden
  2. Proverbs 31:5 Lit judgment
  3. Proverbs 31:5 Lit sons of affliction
  4. Proverbs 31:6 Lit bitter of soul
  5. Proverbs 31:8 Lit judgment
  6. Proverbs 31:8 Lit sons of passing away
  7. Proverbs 31:9 Lit judge the afflicted
New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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