1 THE WORDS OF KING [a]LEMUEL: The [b]prophecy which his mother taught him.

2 What my son! and what the son of [c]my womb! and what, O son of my desires!

3 Give not thy strength unto women, [d]nor thy ways which is to destroy kings.

4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, nor for princes [e]strong drink,

5 Lest he drink and forget the decree, and change the judgment of all the children of affliction.

6 Give ye strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto them that have grief of heart.

7 Let him drink, that he may forget [f]his poverty, and remember his misery no more.


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