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

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

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

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.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Open thy mouth for the dumb - For such accused persons as have no counsellors, and cannot plead for themselves.

Are appointed to destruction - בני חלוף beney chaloph, variously translated, children of passage - indigent travelers; children of desolation - those who have no possessions, or orphans. I believe it either signifies those who are strangers, and are travelling from place to place, or those who are ready to perish in consequence of want or oppression.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


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

1 Samuel 19:4-7 And Jonathan spoke good of David to Saul his father, and said to him, Let not the king sin against his servant, against David...

1 Samuel 20:32 And Jonathan answered Saul his father, and said to him, Why shall he be slain? what has he done?

1 Samuel 22:14,15 Then Ahimelech answered the king, and said, And who is so faithful among all your servants as David, which is the king's son in law...

Esther 4:13-16 Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with yourself that you shall escape in the king's house, more than all the Jews...

Job 29:9,17 The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth...

Psalm 82:3,4 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy...

Jeremiah 26:16-19,24 Then said the princes and all the people to the priests and to the prophets; This man is not worthy to die...

Jeremiah 38:7-10 Now when Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, one of the eunuchs which was in the king's house, heard that they had put Jeremiah in the dungeon...

John 7:51 Does our law judge any man, before it hear him, and know what he does?


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

The Gospel Cordial
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

Many specimens of the so-called Wisdom Literature are preserved for us in the book of Proverbs, for its contents are by no means confined to what we call proverbs. The first nine chapters constitute a continuous discourse, almost in the manner of a sermon; and of the last two chapters, ch. xxx. is largely made up of enigmas, and xxxi. is in part a description of the good housewife. All, however, are rightly subsumed under the idea of wisdom, which to the Hebrew had always moral relations. The Hebrew
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
1 Samuel 19:4
Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father and said to him, "Let not the king do wrong to his servant David; he has not wronged you, and what he has done has benefited you greatly.

Job 29:12
because I rescued the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless who had none to assist them.

Psalm 82:1
A psalm of Asaph. God presides in the great assembly; he renders judgment among the "gods":

Proverbs 29:7
The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.

Proverbs 31:7
Let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.

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