Hey, welcome back! This post is gonna be slightly out of the ordinary today. Most times this chapter is discussed, people focus on verses 10-31, talking about wives of noble character. While that is great and does need to be talked about, the first 9 verses are often left out of the discussion. So that Is what I’m going to be talking about today; 1-9.
1-3: “The sayings of King Lemuel – an inspired utterance his mother taught him. Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb! Listen, my son, the answer of my prayers! Do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings.” Many people have fallen from foolish lusts (David, Samson, Nebuchadnezzar, etc.), but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to get back up.
4-5: “It is not for kings, Lemuel – it is not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer, lest they forget what has been decreed, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.” If you become drunk, all your senses leave you. You are apt to become angry and act foolishly (due to your emotions) upon your subjects and others.
Look at 6-7 now: “Let beer be for those who are perishing, wine for those who are in anguish! Let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.” Wine can be used for medical purposes, but people neglect its value and abuse it or become addicted, using it to shut out life’s problems – for a short while.
Here are 8-9: “Speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves, for the rights of those who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” If you see someone being bullied or wronged that is unable to stand up for himself, step in! Help him out! Stand up for him! This is a righteous action.
Now I want to point out something about this whole passage. Look at verse 4 again: “It is not for kings, Lemuel – it is not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer”. There’s something unique about Lemuel. Something that his mother keeps bringing out. You’ve probably noticed it; the word “king”. This whole passage I just talked about is all about instructions for King Lemuel. Not just Lemuel, but king Lemuel. These instructions that his mother taught him; they’re for kings. Kings and rulers are to be examples to citizens.
Good kings don’t go out on weekends and drink with all their buddies. They are held to a higher standard, and they bear a higher responsibility. They must show the people not only what they want done, but how to do it. Police, too, are another example of this; they are supposed to be public role models for the citizens within their area of jurisdiction. They’re supposed to be held to a higher standard than the average citizen.
Now, y’all won’t become kings here in America, and probably not even THE President, but any man who wants to rise to a higher position within his job or even merely desires to be a good leader of whatever God has placed under his authority has much to learn from these passages.
Lastly, I want to thank all of y’all for bearing with me while I covered these Proverbs. I appreciate all of your comments and advice. Thanks for helping out!