Friday, November 11, 2011

Proverbs 31

Pro 31:1  The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.
Pro 31:2  What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?
Pro 31:3  Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.
Pro 31:4  It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:
Pro 31:5  Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.
Pro 31:6  Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.
Pro 31:7  Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.
Pro 31:8  Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.
Pro 31:9  Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

We’re almost done with Proverbs!  Proverbs 31 is the last chapter in that book, and is primarily about an awesome wife.  Here we have some advice from a mother to her son, a king.  She doesn’t want him to drink too much lest he be unable to make good decisions as a ruler.  If we look at the book of Esther, we see the king there making all sorts of bad calls while drunk.  If we think we can do stupid things under the influence of alcohol, just imagine what a ruler with no rules can do!

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