Proverbs 31:8
New International Version
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.

New Living Translation
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.

English Standard Version
Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute.

Berean Study Bible
Open your mouth for those with no voice, for the justice of all the dispossessed.

New American Standard Bible
Open your mouth for the mute, For the rights of all the unfortunate.

King James Bible
Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.

Christian Standard Bible
Speak up for those who have no voice, for the justice of all who are dispossessed.

Contemporary English Version
But you must defend those who are helpless and have no hope.

Good News Translation
"Speak up for people who cannot speak for themselves. Protect the rights of all who are helpless.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Speak up for those who have no voice, for the justice of all who are dispossessed.

International Standard Version
Speak for those who cannot speak; seek justice for all those on the verge of destruction.

NET Bible
Open your mouth on behalf of those unable to speak, for the legal rights of all the dying.

New Heart English Bible
Open your mouth for the mute, in the cause of all who are left desolate.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Open your mouth with the word of truth and judge all the sons of evil.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Speak out for the one who cannot speak, for the rights of those who are doomed.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Open thy mouth for the dumb, In the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.

New American Standard 1977
Open your mouth for the dumb, For the rights of all the unfortunate.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Open thy mouth for those who cannot speak in the judgment of all the sons of death.

King James 2000 Bible
Open your mouth for the dumb, for the cause of all who are left desolate.

American King James Version
Open your mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.

American Standard Version
Open thy mouth for the dumb, In the cause of all such as are left desolate.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Open thy mouth with the word of God, and judge all fairly.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Open thy mouth for the dumb, and for the causes of all the children that pass.

Darby Bible Translation
Open thy mouth for the dumb, for the cause of all those that are left desolate.

English Revised Version
Open thy mouth for the dumb, in the cause of all such as are left desolate.

Webster's Bible Translation
Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.

World English Bible
Open your mouth for the mute, in the cause of all who are left desolate.

Young's Literal Translation
Open thy mouth for the dumb, For the right of all sons of change.
Study Bible
The Words of King Lemuel
7Let him drink and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more. 8Open your mouth for those with no voice, for the justice of all the dispossessed. 9Open your mouth, judge righteously, and defend the cause of the poor and needy.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 19:4
Then Jonathan spoke well of David to his father Saul and said to him, "The king should not sin against his servant David; he has not sinned against you. In fact, his actions have been highly beneficial to you.

Job 29:12
because I rescued the poor who cried out and the fatherless who had no helper.

Psalm 82:1
God presides in the divine assembly; He renders judgment among the gods:

Proverbs 29:7
The righteous consider the cause of the poor, but the wicked have no regard for such concerns.

Proverbs 31:7
Let him drink and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.

Treasury of Scripture

Open your mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.

open

Proverbs 24:7,11,12
Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate…

1 Samuel 19:4-7
And Jonathan spake good of David unto Saul his father, and said unto him, Let not the king sin against his servant, against David; because he hath not sinned against thee, and because his works have been to theeward very good: …

1 Samuel 20:32
And Jonathan answered Saul his father, and said unto him, Wherefore shall he be slain? what hath he done?

such

Psalm 79:11
Let the sighing of the prisoner come before thee; according to the greatness of thy power preserve thou those that are appointed to die;







Lexicon
Open
פְּתַח־ (pə·ṯaḥ-)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6605: To open wide, to loosen, begin, plough, carve

your mouth
פִּ֥יךָ (pî·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to

for those with no voice,
לְאִלֵּ֑ם (lə·’il·lêm)
Preposition-l | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 483: Mute (unable to speak)

for
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

the justice
דִּ֝֗ין (dîn)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1779: Judgement, strife

of all
כָּל־ (kāl-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

the dispossessed.
בְּנֵ֥י (bə·nê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son
(8) Open thy mouth for the dumb.--Who cannot from timidity or ignorance plead his own cause, and who would therefore be crushed by his antagonist.

Such as are appointed to destruction.--Certain to perish if left unaided. Comp. Job's account of his exertions for victims of high-handed oppression, an ever recurring evil under weak despotic governments (Job 29:12, sqq.).

Verses 8, 9. - The third exhortation, admonishing the king to judge righteously. Verse 8. - Open thy mouth for the dumb. The "dumb" is any one who for any reason whatever is unable to plead his own cause; he may be of tender age, or of lowly station, or ignorant, timid, and boorish; and the prince is enjoined to plead for him and defend him (comp. Job 29:15). In the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction; literally, the sons of passing away (Isaiah 2:18); i.e. not orphans, children whose parents have vanished from the earth, nor strangers from a foreign country, nor, generally, mortals, subjects of frail human nature (all of which explanations have been given), but persons who are in imminent danger of perishing, certain, if left unaided, to come to ruin (comp. Job 29:12). Septuagint, "Open thy mouth for the Word of God, and judge all men soundly (ὑγιῶς)." 31:1-9 When children are under the mother's eye, she has an opportunity of fashioning their minds aright. Those who are grown up, should often call to mind the good teaching they received when children. The many awful instances of promising characters who have been ruined by vile women, and love of wine, should warn every one to avoid these evils. Wine is to be used for want or medicine. Every creature of God is good, and wine, though abused, has its use. By the same rule, due praise and consolation should be used as cordials to the dejected and tempted, not administered to the confident and self-sufficient. All in authority should be more carefully temperate even than other men; and should be protectors of those who are unable or afraid to plead their own cause. Our blessed Lord did not decline the bitterest dregs of the cup of sorrow put into his hands; but he puts the cup of consolation into the hands of his people, and causes those to rejoice who are in the deepest distress.
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