Proverbs 23:20

20 Be not among winebibbers*; among riotous eaters of flesh:[a]

Proverbs 23:20 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 23:20

Be not amongst winebibbers
Who drink to excess, otherwise wine may be drank, provided moderation is used; but it is not good to be in company with, excessive drinkers of it, lost a habit of excessive drinking should be acquired; among riotous eaters of flesh;
flesh may be lawfully eaten, but not in a riotous manner, so as to indulge to gluttony and surfeiting; nor should such persons be kept company with that do so, lest their ways should be learned and imitated.

Proverbs 23:20 In-Context

18 For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.
19 Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.
20 Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:
21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.
22 Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. of flesh: Heb. of their flesh
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