New Living Translation
It is not for kings, O Lemuel, to guzzle wine. Rulers should not crave alcohol.
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
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
31:4 To drink - To excess.
1 Kings 20:12
Ahab's reply reached Ben-hadad and the other kings as they were drinking in their tents. "Prepare to attack!" Ben-hadad commanded his officers. So they prepared to attack the city.
Wine produces mockers; alcohol leads to brawls. Those led astray by drink cannot be wise.
Happy is the land whose king is a noble leader and whose leaders feast at the proper time to gain strength for their work, not to get drunk.
What sorrow for those who are heroes at drinking wine and boast about all the alcohol they can hold.
to worship other gods. "Wine has robbed my people of their understanding.
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