by Harley Howard

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Proverbs Chapter 20 (21 of 32)
Series: The Book of Proverbs
Harley Howard

1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

This is not a very popular verse to the drunkards and the social drinkers who attempt to justify alcohol consumption. This verse clearly states that those who attempt to justify drinking of any kind are first, deceived, and second, not wise. Wine and strong drinks are personified as mockers and brawlers because these are the effects that liquor has on the individual who is stupid enough to partake of it.

The word for wine could be used for fermented or unfermented wine. The process of wine in our day is mostly fermented. Unfermented wine, or grape juice, was prominent in the drinking at that time because the water was so bad in that land. Today is no exception. Obviously the context refers to fermented wine because of the effects on those who drink it. Wine will cause a person to become frivolous while ridiculing moral behavior.

Strong drink is any intoxicating beverage that is prepared or distilled from barley, honey, dates or pomegranates. Beer is considered strong drink according to the Old Testament and in fact, beer was a Babylonian drink and the Babylonians were anything but worshippers of God. Beer, as we know it, is not a drink that was invented in the 20th century, but has been around for thousands of years.

Whiskey would also fall under this same category and any other type of intoxicating beverage, such as scotch, gin, bourbon, etc. All of these are fermented and distilled beverages. Anyone who would try to defend the use of alcohol in any form at any time is someone who is not exercising wisdom; and this should cause any of us who may be harboring this poison in our homes to pour this mess out and never use it again. With the traffic deaths, the domestic violence, the immorality and the incapacity all associated with alcohol, a person is a fool who tries to ...

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