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Proverbs 31:1–9

The Words of Lemuel

1 The words of King Lemuel, the 1oracle which his mother taught him:

2 What, O my son?

And what, O ason of my womb?

And what, O son of my bvows?

3 aDo not give your strength to women,

Or your ways to that which bdestroys kings.

4 It is not for akings, O Lemuel,

It is not for kings to bdrink wine,

Or for rulers to desire strong drink,

5 For they will drink and forget what is decreed,

And apervert the 1rights of all the 2afflicted.

6 Give strong drink to him who is aperishing,

And wine to him 1bwhose life is bitter.

7 Let him drink and forget his poverty

And remember his trouble no more.

8 aOpen your mouth for the mute,

For the 1rights of all the 2unfortunate.

9 Open your mouth, ajudge righteously,

And 1defend the brights of the afflicted and needy.

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Or burden

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Lit judgment

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Lit sons of affliction

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Lit bitter of soul

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Lit judgment

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Lit sons of passing away

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Lit judge the afflicted

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