Proverbs 31:4
Good News Translation
Listen, Lemuel. Kings should not drink wine or have a craving for alcohol.

Contemporary English Version
Kings and leaders should not get drunk or even want to drink.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Give not to kings, O Lamuel, give not wine to kings: because there is no secret where drunkenness reigneth:

New American Bible
It is not for kings, Lemuel, not for kings to drink wine; strong drink is not for princes,

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Give not to kings, O Lamuel, give not wine to kings: because there is no secret where drunkenness reigneth:

Leviticus 10:9,10 You shall not drink wine nor any thing that may make drunk, thou nor thy sons, when you enter into the tabernacle of the testimony, lest you die. Because it is an everlasting precept; through your generations: . . .

1 Kings 20:12,16-20 And it came to pass, when Benadad heard this word, that he and the kings were drinking in pavilions, and he said to his servants: Beset the city. And they beset it. . . .

Esther 3:15 The couriers that were sent made haste to fulfil the king's commandment. And immediately the edict was hung up in Susan, the king and Aman feasting together, and all the Jews that were in the city weeping.

Ecclesiastes 10:17 Blessed is the land, whose king is noble, and whose princes eat in due season for refreshment, and not for riotousness.

Isaiah 28:7,8 But these also have been ignorant through wine, and through drunkenness have erred: the priest and the prophet have been ignorant through drunkenness, they are swallowed up with wine, they have gone astray in drunkenness, they have not known him that seeth, they have been ignorant of judgment. . . .

Daniel 5:2-4 And being now drunk, he commanded that they should bring the vessels of gold and silver, which Nabuchodonosor, his father, had brought away out of the temple, that was in Jerusalem, that the king and his nobles, and his wives, and his concubines, might drink in them. . . .

Hosea 4:11,12 Fornication, and wine, and drunkenness, take away the understanding. . . .

Hosea 7:3-5 They have made the king glad with their wickedness: and the princes with their lies. . . .

Habakkuk 2:5 And as wine deceiveth him that drinketh it: so shall the proud man be, and he shall not be honoured: who hath enlarged his desire like hell: and is himself like death, and he is never satisfied: but will gather together unto him all nations, and heap together unto him all people.

Mark 6:21-28 And when a convenient day was come, Herod made a supper for his birthday, for the princes, and tribunes, and chief men of Galilee. . . .

Context
The Words of King Lemuel
3Give not thy substance to women, and thy riches to destroy kings. 4Give not to kings, O Lamuel, give not wine to kings: because there is no secret where drunkenness reigneth:5And lest they drink and forget judgments, and pervert the cause of the children of the poor.…
Cross References
1 Kings 20:12
And it came to pass, when Benadad heard this word, that he and the kings were drinking in pavilions, and he said to his servants: Beset the city. And they beset it.

Proverbs 20:1
Wine is a luxurious thing, and drunkenness riotous: whosoever is delighted therewith, shall not be wise.

Ecclesiastes 10:17
Blessed is the land, whose king is noble, and whose princes eat in due season for refreshment, and not for riotousness.

Isaiah 5:22
Woe to you that are mighty to drink wine, and stout men at drunkenness.

Hosea 4:11
Fornication, and wine, and drunkenness, take away the understanding.

Additional Translations
It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to crave strong drink,It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:

It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; Nor for princes to say , Where is strong drink?

Princes are prone to anger: let them then not drink wine:

It is not for kings, Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, nor for rulers [to say], Where is the strong drink?

It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes to say, Where is strong drink?

It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:

It is not for kings, Lemuel; it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes to say, 'Where is strong drink?'

Not for kings, O Lemuel, Not for kings, to drink wine, And for princes a desire of strong drink.
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