Morning Prayer -XLIII-

7-7-22

– Royal III –

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

“What are you doing, my son?
What are you doing, son of my womb?
What are you doing, son of my vows?
Do not give your strength to loose women,
your ways to those who destroy kings.
It is not for kings, O Lemuel,
it is not for kings to drink wine,
or for rulers to take strong drink,
lest they drink and forget
what has been decreed
and pervert the rights
of all the afflicted.

Give strong drink
to the one who is perishing.

Give wine
to those in bitter distress.

Let them drink
and forget their poverty
and remember their misery no more.

But you:

Open your mouth for the mute,
for the rights of all who are destitute.

Open your mouth.
Judge righteously.
Defend the rights of
the poor and needy.

———-

~ The Sayings of King Lemuel in The Book of Proverbs, 31:1-8

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