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Proverbs 31:4–5

jIt is not for kings, O Lemuel,

it is not for kings kto drink wine,

or for rulers to take lstrong drink,

lest they drink and forget what has been decreed

and mpervert the rights of all the afflicted.

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Proverbs 31:4–5 — The New International Version (NIV)

It is not for kings, Lemuel—

it is not for kings to drink wine,

not for rulers to crave beer,

lest they drink and forget what has been decreed,

and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.

Proverbs 31:4–5 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine;

Nor for princes strong drink:

Lest they drink, and forget the law,

And pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.

Proverbs 31:4–5 — New Living Translation (NLT)

It is not for kings, O Lemuel, to guzzle wine.

Rulers should not crave alcohol.

For if they drink, they may forget the law

and not give justice to the oppressed.

Proverbs 31:4–5 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

It is not for kings, O Lemuel,

It is not for kings to drink wine,

Nor for princes intoxicating drink;

Lest they drink and forget the law,

And pervert the justice of all the afflicted.

Proverbs 31:4–5 — New Century Version (NCV)

“Kings should not drink wine, Lemuel,

and rulers should not desire beer.

If they drink, they might forget the law

and keep the needy from getting their rights.

Proverbs 31:4–5 — American Standard Version (ASV)

It is not for kings, O 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 any that is afflicted.

Proverbs 31:4–5 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

It is not for kings, Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, nor for rulers to say, Where is the strong drink? —lest they drink and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the children of affliction.

Proverbs 31:4–5 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

“It is not for kings, Lemuel. 

It is not for kings to drink wine or for rulers to crave liquor. 

Otherwise, they drink and forget what they have decreed 

and change the standard of justice for all oppressed people. 

Proverbs 31:4–5 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

It is not for kings, Lemuel,

it is not for kings to drink wine

or for rulers to desire beer.

Otherwise, they will drink,

forget what is decreed,

and pervert justice for all the oppressed.

Proverbs 31:4–5 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

It is not for kings, O Lemuel,

it is not for kings to drink wine,

or for rulers to desire strong drink;

or else they will drink and forget what has been decreed,

and will pervert the rights of all the afflicted.

Proverbs 31:4–5 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

It is not for the kings, O Lemuel;

drinking wine is not for the kings,

nor is strong drink for rulers.

Or else he will drink and forget what has been decreed,

and he will pervert the rights of all the afflicted.

Proverbs 31:4–5 — New International Reader’s Version (1998) (NIrV)

“Lemuel, it isn’t good for kings to drink wine.

It isn’t good for rulers to long for beer.

If they do, they might drink and forget what the law commands.

They might take away the rights of all those who are beaten down.

Proverbs 31:4–5 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

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 rights of all the afflicted.