Proverbs – 31 Day Challenge – Day 23

Posted: January 23, 2015 in Proverbs 31 Day Challenge
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Open Bible with PenProverbs 23 – HCSB

“… Don’t associate with those who drink too much wine or with those who gorge themselves on meat. For the drunkard and the glutton will become poor,
and grogginess will clothe them in rags.

1 When you sit down to dine with a ruler,
consider carefully what[a] is before you,
and put a knife to your throat
if you have a big[b] appetite;
don’t desire his choice food,
for that food is deceptive.

Don’t wear yourself out to get rich;
stop giving your attention to it.
As soon as your eyes fly to it, it disappears,
for it makes wings for itself
and flies like an eagle to the sky.

Don’t eat a stingy person’s bread,[c]
and don’t desire his choice food,
for it’s like someone calculating inwardly.[d]
“Eat and drink,” he says to you,
but his heart is not with you.
You will vomit the little you’ve eaten
and waste your pleasant words.

Don’t speak to[e] a fool,
for he will despise the insight of your words.

10 Don’t move an ancient boundary marker,
and don’t encroach on the fields of the fatherless,
11 for their Redeemer is strong,
and He will take up their case against you.

12 Apply yourself to discipline
and listen to words of knowledge.

13 Don’t withhold discipline from a youth;
if you beat him with a rod, he will not die.
14 Strike him with a rod,
and you will rescue his life from Sheol.

15 My son, if your heart is wise,
my heart will indeed rejoice.
16 My innermost being will cheer
when your lips say what is right.

17 Don’t let your heart envy sinners;
instead, always fear the Lord.
18 For then you will have a future,
and your hope will never fade.

19 Listen, my son, and be wise;
keep your mind on the right course.
20 Don’t associate with those who drink too much wine
or with those who gorge themselves on meat.
21 For the drunkard and the glutton will become poor,
and grogginess will clothe them in rags.

22 Listen to your father who gave you life,
and don’t despise your mother when[f] she is old.
23 Buy—and do not sell—truth,
wisdom, instruction, and understanding.
24 The father of a righteous son will rejoice greatly,
and one who fathers a wise son will delight in him.
25 Let your father and mother have joy,
and let her who gave birth to you rejoice.

26 My son, give me your heart,
and let your eyes observe my ways.
27 For a prostitute is a deep pit,
and a stranger is a narrow well;
28 indeed, she sets an ambush like a robber
and increases those among men who are unfaithful.

29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
Who has conflicts? Who has complaints?
Who has wounds for no reason?
Who has red eyes?
30 Those who linger over wine,
those who go looking for mixed wine.
31 Don’t gaze at wine because it is red,
when it gleams in the cup
and goes down smoothly.
32 In the end it bites like a snake
and stings like a viper.
33 Your eyes will see strange things,
and you will say absurd things.[g]
34 You’ll be like someone sleeping out at sea
or lying down on the top of a ship’s mast.
35 “They struck me, but[h] I feel no pain!
They beat me, but I didn’t know it!
When will I wake up?
I’ll look for another drink.”

Footnotes:
  1. Proverbs 23:1 Or who
  2. Proverbs 23:2 Lit you are the master of an
  3. Proverbs 23:6 Lit eat bread of an evil eye
  4. Proverbs 23:7 LXX reads it is like someone swallowing a hair in the throat
  5. Proverbs 23:9 Lit in the ears of
  6. Proverbs 23:22 Or because
  7. Proverbs 23:33 Or will speak perversities or inverted things
  8. Proverbs 23:35 LXX, Syr, Tg, Vg read me,” you will say, “But

My Thoughts

I might get some flack for this one – GOOD!

There are two sections here that have strong words against drinking – only NOT really against the act of drinking – rather overdoing it and being around others that take it too far themselves.

I think the warning there can be applied to anything that can be addictive and take our attention away from God – sports, movies or our jobs – all good things having the potential to become addictions.

Oh, but alcohol. This has the potential to make us look stupid and it is a self inflicted wound.

I think the warning against too much alcohol is one that we have to pay special attention to; I know I have no choice.

I quit drinking several years ago because the description from verse 29 to the end was me and could be me again if I indulge – even a little – so, I choose not.

For me it is not worth the consequences.

For me it’s not worth the hang over.

For me it’s not worth the arguments with TL&T.

For me it’s not worth damaging my reputation or the reputation of God.

So, should anyone that claims to be a Christ follower NOT consume alcohol? I don’t see that is scripture. I cannot find a “Thou shall not…” with regard to consumption of adult beverages – I emphasized adult beverages because I DO consider alcohol to be intended for adults but I also know that other cultures see that differently – but I do think we have the responsibility to monitor how, when and with whom we choose to consume.

I say ALL that and yet, I still thin it is OK for people to drink; some people – not me but you can make your own choice.

 

 Any thoughts on the consumption of alcohol? Should we? Shouldn’t we? Sometimes? Never ever? Round 1 starts now!
Comments
  1. flowerman54 says:

    I am with you Mike I think it not only causes side affects but it can ruin our testimony by blemishing our character

    • mickholt says:

      IT does have side effects – sometimes serious and dangerous ones but I think it is an individual thing -like most of our walk. I KNOW that cannot even have a single beer w/o running the risk of damaging my testimony – which at times takes hits BECAUSE I choose not to drink. But I can handle that or I can step aside and let God handle that because I have the wherewithal to know I cannot handle anything – ONLY God – always GOD!

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