31 The words of King Lemuel, the utterance which his mother taught him:
And what, son of my womb?
And what, ason of my vows?
3 bDo not give your strength to women,
Nor your ways cto that which destroys kings.
4 dIt is not for kings, O Lemuel,
It is not for kings to drink wine,
Nor for princes intoxicating drink;
5 eLest they drink and forget the law,
And pervert the justice of all 1the afflicted.
6 fGive strong drink to him who is perishing,
And wine to those who are bitter of heart.
And remember his misery no more.
8 gOpen your mouth for the speechless,
In the cause of all who are 2appointed to die.
9 Open your mouth, hjudge righteously,
And iplead the cause of the poor and needy.
For her worth is far above rubies.
So he will have no lack of gain.
All the days of her life.
Lit. sons of affliction
Lit. sons of passing away
Lit. a wife of valor, in the sense of all forms of excellence