by Harley Howard

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Wise words from a wise mother (32 of 32)
Series: The Book of Proverbs
Harley Howard
Proverbs 31

1 The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.

We know nothing about this man Lemuel, except that he was a king. The name Lemuel means, for God. Some commentators teach that this may be another name for Solomon. The word prophecy means a burden or a load of instruction that was on her heart that she taught her son. This does not mean that she was a prophetess. Remember what we saw already that spiritual instruction in some cases was called a prophecy. This instruction was a strict warning since the word, teach means to chastise or admonish someone. Here was the heart of a mother being poured out to her son who may have had problems in relationships with drunkenness and women, as we will see. She urged her son towards a course of wisdom, which evidently he was not walking in at that time.

2 What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?

What is it my son, the son of my womb, the son whom I have committed to God? She appealed to Lemuel that she loved him; that he was important to her and urged him to pursue a life of righteousness.

3 Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.

Don't give your might and your wealth to women (plural). This probably refers to adultery. This same expression concerning women is found in Proverbs 5:9-14 (read). Not only did she give wise council concerning the useless pursuit of sexual immorality, but she warned him not to walk in the path of a lifestyle that will blot out his memory of the great responsibility and role as king. Sex and drunkenness has destroyed the lives of many a man who started out good in the political arena.

4 [It is] not for kings, O Lemuel, [it is] not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:
5 Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the a ...

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