Proverbs 31:02-07 O my son, O son of my womb, O son of my vows, 3 do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings. 4 It is not for Kings, O Lemuel not for Kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer, 5 lest they drink and forget what the law decrees and deprive all the oppressed of their rights. 6 Give beer to those who are perishing, wine to those who are in anguish 7 let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.

Posted: October 31, 2020 in Proverbs 31, Seeking Wisdom, Wisdom, Wisdom for the Soul
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These 3 questions, as we stated before, make the person listening more attentive. These questions indicate the serious passion of a mother’s heart. Like Hannah, she had dedicated her child to the Lord.

 (In the verses of 2-9), the godly king is addressed and told that his reign should be characterized by:

(1) Holiness, verse 3;

(2) Sobriety, verses 4-7; and

(3) Compassion, verses 8-9.

This section is filled with concise and solemn warnings against vices to which kings are particularly susceptible; immorality, overindulgence, unrighteous rule and indifference to those in need. 

Verse 3: The prince here, is reminded by his mother not to give his strength and power into the hands of a woman. She is reminding him that someday he will be king, and he must retain his power for the throne. Also, multiplying foreign wives destroys a king like it did Solomon.

Verse 4: Kings and princes are called upon to make decisions that affect the entire kingdom. They must be sober and able to make clear headed decisions. Alcohol affects your ability to function properly. A drastic mistake could be made under the influence of strong drink. In this verse and the next we see that intoxicating drinks can weaken reason and judgment, loosen convictions, or pervert the heart. They do not suit rulers who need clear, steady minds and keen judgment.

Verse 5: A person under the influence of alcohol cannot think clearly and could not remember the laws of the land. A drastic injustice could be done

Verse 6: Strong drink is to be reserved to kill pain. Those who are grieving need wine to help them forget. Strong drink as a medicine dulls the senses and helps to forget.

Verse 7: Just as in this verse here, drinking is for those who cannot face reality. Drinking is a symptom of a greater problem. In extreme cases, possibly relating to a criminal on death row or someone agonizing in pain with a terminal illness or tragic circumstance, are in utter contrast to that of the king.

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