words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.
2 What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the
son of my vows?
not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.
4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for
kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:
5 Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the
strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.
7 Let him drink, and forget his
poverty, and remember his misery no more.
8 Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.
9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously,
and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.