- Proverbs 31:6-10
- Prov 31:6 (KJB)
- Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those
that be of heavy hearts.
- Here she counsels him not to drink it himself but dole it out to those
who are ready to perish. Just as doctors today give morphine or other pain
killers to those who are dying from a major disease, Lemuel’s mother said
that he should give the strong drink to those who are getting ready to
perish. It may help them through the times of much pain. Paul told Timothy
to take a little wine for his stomach’s sake, that is, for his ailment. She
also said that he should give wine to those who are heavily afflicted and
maybe it will help cheer them up for a short time. There is also a spiritual
lesson here. Wine sometimes represents the Holy Spirit and those who are
heavily afflicted or are melancholy should have the Gospel preached to them
and if they become saved, then their hearts will no longer be heavy.
- Prov 31:7 (KJB)
- Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.
- The afflicted ones will drink and this will cause them to temporarily
forget their poverty and misery. The problem is that when a person sobers
up, they still have the problems but now they have added a hangover to them.
Sometimes people are in such dire straits, they believe that if they just
stay drunk then their problems will float out of existence. Lemuel’s mother
states that he should give his supply of beverage to the less fortunate and
maybe it will help them temporarily forget their misery.
- Prov 31:8 (KJB)
- Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to
- Here the counsel is that the king needs to intervene on behalf of those
who are unable to speak for themselves whether it be physical impediment or
that they are uneducated. If accusations have been brought against them
which may require capital punishment and they are unable to defend
themselves, then their lack of ability may contribute to a wrong verdict
being given and if they are innocent, they will be executed. This is why the
King must speak for them, to prevent anything like that from happening.
- Prov 31:9 (KJB)
- Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the
poor and needy.
- Plead the cause - To administer justice
- Here the counsel is to administer the proper justice by making the
judgments righteously. This means they must be objective. Just because the
poor are poor, does not automatically mean they are innocent and just
because the rich are rich does not mean they are guilty. Both sides of the
case must be heard and only the facts must decide it and not social
standing. Since the poor people do not have the resources of the rich, they
normally would need extra help and maybe another advocate in court. This is
why the poor and needy must have their case judged righteously and, if
possible, with the help of the King to offset the counsel that the rich can
- Prov 31:10 (KJB)
- Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above
- Her price - Her value
- Now the counsel is given concerning finding the right woman for the
King. Previously his mother counseled him not to give his strength to women
but here she is speaking about finding the most compatible mate. She speaks
of a virtuous woman who has a value far above rubies which is a precious
stone. Rubies were desirable because they represented wealth but a woman’s
good character is way more valuable than anything which can be considered a