New International Version
It is not for kings, Lemuel-- it is not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer,
King James Bible
It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:
Darby Bible Translation
It is not for kings, Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, nor for rulers [to say], Where is the strong drink?
World English Bible
It is not for kings, Lemuel; it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes to say, 'Where is strong drink?'
Young's Literal Translation
Not for kings, O Lemuel, Not for kings, to drink wine, And for princes a desire of strong drink.
Proverbs 31:4 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
It is not for kings - to drink wine - An intemperate man is ill fit to hold the reins of government.
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A Sermon (No. 3236) published on Thursday, February 9th, 1911 delivered by C.H. Spurgeon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington. on Lord's Day Evening, September 20th, 1863. "Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more."--Proverbs 31:6, 7. These somewhat singular sentences were spoken by the mother of Lemuel to her son, who was probably Solomon. She had already said to him, …
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs
1 Kings 20:12
Ben-Hadad heard this message while he and the kings were drinking in their tents, and he ordered his men: "Prepare to attack." So they prepared to attack the city.
Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
Blessed is the land whose king is of noble birth and whose princes eat at a proper time-- for strength and not for drunkenness.
Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine and champions at mixing drinks,
to prostitution; old wine and new wine take away their understanding.
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