“What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?
Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings. 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. Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more. Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.”
His mother first warns him of the dangers of weakness and drunkenness, and then advises him toward goodness.
A man should not involve himself in drunkenness, and likewise a woman should not consider that type of man for her husband.
Solomon thought so much of the advice his mother gave him, that the Lord had him include it when he penned down these Inspired Words.
“Open thy mouth”
There are circumstances that require us to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.
“Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.”
Who should you speak for?
Just as his mother desired him to listen to her, the Lord desires us to listen to what He has to say to us through His Word.
Ecclesiastes 11-12 | Revelation 7 | Proverbs 2
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