Parallel Verses

Holman Bible

It is not for kings, Lemuel,
it is not for kings to drink wine
or for rulers to desire beer.

New American Standard Bible

It is not for kings, O Lemuel,
It is not for kings to drink wine,
Or for rulers to desire strong drink,

King James Version

It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:

International Standard Version

It is not for kings, Lemuel Not for kings to drink wine or for rulers to desire liquor.

A Conservative Version

It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, nor for rulers [to say], Where is strong drink?

American Standard Version

It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; Nor for princes to say , Where is strong drink?

Amplified


It is not for kings, O Lemuel,
It is not for kings to drink wine,
Or for rulers to desire strong drink,

Bible in Basic English

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

Darby 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?

Julia Smith Translation

Not for kings, O Lemuel, not for kings to drink and for princes the desire of strong drink:

King James 2000

It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:

Lexham Expanded Bible

[It is] not for the kings, O Lemuel; drinking wine [is] not for the kings, nor [is] strong drink for rulers.

Modern King James verseion

It is not for kings, O Lemuel, not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes to lust for strong drink;

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

O Lemuel, give kings no wine, give kings and princes no strong drink;

NET Bible

It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to crave strong drink,

New Heart English Bible

It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for princes to take strong drink,

The Emphasized Bible

It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, nor, for dignitaries, to desire strong drink,

Webster

It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes 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?'

Youngs Literal Translation

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

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
It is not for kings
מלך 
melek 
Usage: 2521

O Lemuel
למואל למוּאל 
L@muw'el 
Usage: 2

it is not for kings
מלך 
melek 
Usage: 2521

to drink
שׁתה 
Shathah 
Usage: 218

יין 
Yayin 
Usage: 140

אי 
'ay 
Usage: 34

רזן 
Razan 
Usage: 6

References

American

Easton

Fausets

Context Readings

The Oracle Of King Lemuel

3 Don’t spend your energy on women
or your efforts on those who destroy kings.
4 It is not for kings, Lemuel,
it is not for kings to drink wine
or for rulers to desire beer.
5 Otherwise, they will drink,
forget what is decreed,
and pervert justice for all the oppressed.


Cross References

Ecclesiastes 10:17

Blessed are you, land, when your king is a son of nobles
and your princes feast at the proper time—
for strength and not for drunkenness.

Proverbs 20:1

Wine is a mocker, beer is a brawler,
and whoever staggers because of them is not wise.

Isaiah 5:22

Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine,
who are fearless at mixing beer,

Leviticus 10:9-10

“You and your sons are not to drink wine or beer when you enter the tent of meeting, or else you will die; this is a permanent statute throughout your generations.

1 Kings 20:12

When Ben-hadad heard this response, while he and the kings were drinking in the tents, he said to his servants, “Take your positions.” So they took their positions against the city.

1 Kings 20:16-20

They marched out at noon while Ben-hadad and the 32 kings who were helping him were getting drunk in the tents.

Esther 3:15

The couriers left, spurred on by royal command, and the law was issued in the fortress of Susa. The king and Haman sat down to drink, while the city of Susa was in confusion.

Isaiah 28:7-8

These also stagger because of wine
and stumble under the influence of beer:
priest and prophet stagger because of beer,
they are confused by wine.
They stumble because of beer,
they are muddled in their visions,
they stumble in their judgments.

Daniel 5:2-4

Under the influence of the wine, Belshazzar gave orders to bring in the gold and silver vessels that his predecessor Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the temple in Jerusalem, so that the king and his nobles, wives, and concubines could drink from them.

Hosea 4:11-12

Promiscuity, wine, and new wine
take away one’s understanding.

Hosea 7:3-5

They please the king with their evil,
the princes with their lies.

Habakkuk 2:5

Moreover, wine betrays;
an arrogant man is never at rest.
He enlarges his appetite like Sheol,
and like Death he is never satisfied.
He gathers all the nations to himself;
he collects all the peoples for himself.

Mark 6:21-28

Now an opportune time came on his birthday, when Herod gave a banquet for his nobles, military commanders, and the leading men of Galilee.

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