O my son, O son of my womb,
O son of my vows,
do not spend your strength on women,
your vigor on those who ruin kings.
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 they misery no more.
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy."
Sayings of King Lemuel
Little is known about Lemuel except that he was a king who received wise teachings from his mother. "Lemuel" means "devoted to God." As a mother of a son, many times while he was growing up I would write to him and share important teachings. The last time I wrote to him was before he got married and journaled from the time of his engagement till that day that he got married the many things I had on my heart.
In reading this passage today, I think it is good advice for mothers to share their God given wisdom with their children. Boys or girls, young or old, Kings or ordinary people like you and me.