Mom’s Advice for a King – Proverbs 31

I feel like I’m being tricky by not highlighting the “godly woman” verses that always catch my attention in Proverbs 31. Instead, today I’m actually drawn to the opening verses.  We are told these words were spoken to King Lemuel by his mother.

“It is not for kings, O Lemuel–not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer, lest they drink and forget what the law decrees, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights. Give beer to those who are perishing, wine to those who are in anguish; let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.” Proverbs 31:4-9 NIV

The king is clearly being advised to abstain from alcohol in order to best serve his people, and to give it to those who are dying, distraught, poor or miserable. I’m not any of those things, so I don’t foresee the need of using alcohol. Give me wisdom, Lord!

It’s been great digging into Proverbs this month. You may want to start at chapter one again in a few months and check out some new daily words of wisdom. I’m sure I will.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

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