It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink: Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted. Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more. Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.
Lemuel’s mother continued in her warnings. She told him to refrain from excessive use of wine and strong drink. The danger for kings is that their ability to judge and to make proper decisions might be impaired by drinking wine or strong drink. The medicinal use of “wine” is sanctioned as stimulant for the dying and an anti-depressant for the despondent.