The book of Proverbs offers us many great lessons that can be applied to our everyday lives. We learn practical ways to gain godly wisdom, make good decisions, and live righteously.
The first nine verses in this chapter are lessons from a mother to a son on how a king should act. His mother warns him to not waste his strength on women that will ruin him. She urges him not to drink too much, and to speak up for the poor and helpless.
There are three lessons here that we can all apply to our lives:
1) Be careful not to partner with those that will lead us down a path of ruin.
2) Be careful not to crave alcohol, that it will cloud our judgment.
3) Speak up for those that cannot speak for themselves.
The opening exclamations display all the passion that only a mother could have for her son. She gets his attention. Her description of him reflects their closeness and her right to address him forthrightly. She was the one who bore him. Moreover, she presumably vowed repeatedly to dedicate him to God. The name Lemuel means “belonging to God”.