Eloquent And Lying Lips
7 Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool—
how much worse lying lips to a ruler!
Proverbs Club Commentary
For a fool, persuasive speech is inappropriate.
For a ruler, deceitful speech is atrocious.
Alcohol For The Perishing
6 Let beer be for those who are perishing,
wine for those who are in anguish!
7 Let them drink and forget their poverty
and remember their misery no more.
Beer and wine can temporarily
relieve the anguish and misery of the poor.
Let them drink in peace.
Alcohol And The Rights Of The Oppressed
4 It is not for kings, Lemuel—
it is not for kings to drink wine,
not for rulers to crave beer,
5 lest they drink and forget what has been decreed,
and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.
New International Version (NIV)
Leaders should not drink alcohol
to insure that they enforce
the rights of the oppressed.
Vigor Related Immorality
Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb!
Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers!
Do not spend your strength on women,
your vigor on those who ruin kings.
Many a politician has resigned for vigor related immorality.
Countless marriages have been destroyed by it.
Spend your strength on something more virtuous than sexual immorality.
Spend your strength on the Kingdom of God.
A Proverb Of King Lemuel
The sayings of King Lemuel:
an inspired utterance his mother taught him.
Chapter 31 is a proverb from King Lemuel, not King Solomon.
King Lemuel attributes it to his mother.
It specifically states that it is an inspired utterance.