The Indecency of a Drunken King!

Proverbs 31:4

β€œIt is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink.”

In Proverbs 31, the Bible records the godly advice of the queen-mother to her son, King Lemuel. That wise lady said to him, “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” (Proverbs 31:4-5).

The queen-mother wanted her son, who has become the king, to know that intoxicant drinks would impair his ability to think correctly and make wise decisions. A drunken king will have no good senses to make proper judgments on issues, thus rendering him unfit to care for His kingdom and people. It will also disarm a man of all his powers of reasoning and wisdom, as well as of memory and discernment. A wine-loving leader will wind up in dishonourable conduct which will ruin his honour and reign.

A restatement of the above biblical advice is captured in a proverb – which says, “Where drink enters, wisdom departs.” Strong drinks uncover the foolishness of our mind, all its weaknesses and follies. It will cause those who imbibe it to speak perverse things, to act wickedly, and even violently! Thus, it will render an office-bearer incapable of being a good counsellor and a trustworthy leader.

Prabhudas Koshy