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Proverbs 23:29-35 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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29 Who are the people who are always crying the blues? Who do you know who reeks of self-pity? Who keeps getting beat up for no reason at all? Whose eyes are bleary and bloodshot? 29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?
30 It's those who spend the night with a bottle, for whom drinking is serious business. 30 Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.
31 Don't judge wine by its label, or its bouquet, or its full-bodied flavor. 31 Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly!
32 Judge it rather by the hangover it leaves you with - the splitting headache, the queasy stomach. 32 In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper.
33 Do you really prefer seeing double, with your speech all slurred, 33 Your eyes will see strange sights and your mind imagine confusing things.
34 Reeling and seasick, drunk as a sailor? 34 You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the rigging.
35 "They hit me," you'll say, "but it didn't hurt; they beat on me, but I didn't feel a thing. When I'm sober enough to manage it, bring me another drink!" 35 "They hit me," you will say, "but I'm not hurt! They beat me, but I don't feel it! When will I wake up so I can find another drink?"