1The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him. 2What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows? 3Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings. 4It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink: 5Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted. 6Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. 7Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more. 8Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. 9Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
These versus talk about drinking, its says that it is not for kings and princes to drink wine and strong drink because it will pervert their judgement and make them forget the law. Then it says to give strong drink to those that will perish. I know that in the past when I have drank alcohol it definitely perverted my judgement and I forgot the law(actually I don’t think I really knew it then). Personally I don’t think its wrong to have a small glass of wine, but if it changes your train of thought at all just stay away from it, you are better safe than sorry. In verse 9 it says to judge righteously, what do you think that means? I believe that righteous judgement can only come from scripture, and its not the judgement of whether or not someone will be in the kingdom of God. It is simply judgement of a persons actions, if someone is claiming to be a christian but is not barring good fruit, it is the responsibility of those that are to rebuke that person with scripture. Don’t use your own judgement, use Gods, He gave you all the information you need to go by in the bible. Just remember to pick the beam out of your own eye before you try to get a splinter out of someone elses.