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 cause of all the dispossessed.

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

New King James Version
Open your mouth for the speechless, In the cause of all who are appointed to die.

New American Standard Bible
Open your mouth for the people who cannot speak, For the rights of all the unfortunate.

NASB 1995
Open your mouth for the mute, For the rights of all the unfortunate.

NASB 1977
Open your mouth for the dumb, For the rights of all the unfortunate.

Amplified Bible
Open your mouth for the mute, For the rights of all who are unfortunate and defenseless;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
Open your mouth for the mute, "" For the right of all sons of change.

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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
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 cause 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;









(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)."

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

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

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

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

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

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

the dispossessed.
בְּנֵ֥י (bə·nê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 1121: A son


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