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Wise Words for Young Men who Would be Kings


I cracked open my new English Standard Version Study Bible — amazing bible by the way — and the following verses are the first ones I read.  


1The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him:

2What are you doing, my son? What are you doing, son of my womb?

What are you doing, son of my vows?

3Do not give your strength to women,

your ways to those who destroy kings.

4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel,

it is not for kings to drink wine,

or for rulers to take strong drink,

5lest they drink and forget what has been decreed

and pervert the rights of all the afflicted.

6Give strong drink to the one who is perishing,

and wine to those in bitter distress;

7 let them drink and forget their poverty

and remember their misery no more.

8Open your mouth for the mute,

for the rights of all who are destitute.

9Open your mouth, judge righteously,

defend the rights of the poor and needy.

Proverbs 31:1-9


Traditionally, those of us who know of Proverbs 31 always link it to the virtues of a good woman.  But interestingly enough, the 31st Proverb begins by giving wisdom to a young man who would be king.   I especially like the last verse, which advocates for us to be fair in our conduct with all men and asks us to look out for the rights of the poor and the needy.  Manhood not only entails influence in our homes, but also in our community.  Manhood means not only making a livelihood, but ensuring that the rights of people in our community are adequately defended.  Kinfolk, let’s be men who look out for the common good and just our own good!

  1. May 11, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    good entry.
    i will be reading more of your work.
    check me out at http://speakerbocks.blogspot.com if you ever have time!

    • May 11, 2009 at 9:45 pm

      I already check you out Mr. Michael. I’ll just start commenting from now on!!

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