Proverbs 31:4

“It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drinke wine, nor for Princes, strong drinke:”

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Other Translations

[It is] not for kings, O Lemuel, [it is] not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:
- King James Version

It is not for kings, O Lemuel, It is not for kings to drink wine, Or for rulers to desire strong drink,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; Nor for princes `to say', Where is strong drink?
- American Standard Version (1901)

It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to take wine, or for rulers to say, Where is strong drink?
- Basic English Bible

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

It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:
- Webster's Bible

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

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

It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine: nor for princes to say: 'Where is strong drink?'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 31:4


31:4 To drink - To excess.


Discussion for Proverbs 31

  • Brighton ochieng
    Jesus is coming to his poeple
  • Ivy Johnson
    As we Celebrate Mother’s Day, let us reflect on this Chapter of Proverbs? There is so much
    Truth for each Mother to Grasp? It touches so many Aspects of our Day-To-Day-Routine,
    Especially our Spiritual? We can never go through our Days without God’s Leading?
    It is highly impossible! We need Him every Second of our Lives? He wants to Bless us with
    all Spiritual Blessings: Awesome: Amen


  • Molly
    "Godliness with contentment is great gain," the Bible says. Being Godly means living according to the way of righteousness; pure, holy and upright before the Majesty on High. We cannot do that without being born by water and Spirit -- the Holy Ghost. Then, we MUST follow our new birth with being "transformed by the renewing of [our] minds" and living holy before the Lord. Come to God! He IS life!
  • Maggie
    I think it can relate to pleasing God also with your whole ❤ , and whatever it takes ,you want to make it in, that he tells you well done keeping your ❤ pure before him that men may see your works and Glorify God, Amen
  • I Am that Michael Isaac Dale
    The woman spoken of is godly wisdom: and the virtuous woman who obeys God is of a meek and quiet spirit. But again ye are naked by your words. For the women in Christ cannot say the things ye say; for God permits them not. As it is written, Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also says the law.
  • Cheryl
    This is one of my favorite passages. This is always the passage I cite when people say women should only be mothers and housewives. This passages demonstrates that women are capable of working, engaging in commerce independently and can make wise decisions that bring prosperity to the household (buying the vineyard, selling garments and so forth).

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