Proverbs 23:30

30 Those who linger long at the wine, Those who go in search of mixed wine.

Proverbs 23:30 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 23:30

They that tarry long at the wine
At drinking it. Do not care to stir from it when at it; spend whole days and nights in it, and are overcome by it, and so bring upon them all the above evils; they that go to seek mixed wine,
not wine mixed with water, as used commonly by temperate people in hot countries; but either mixed with spices, to make it more palatable, or with different sorts of wine, some very strong, and more heady and intoxicating; or mere wine meant; wine "poured out", as the word F17 signifies, where there is plenty of it; and such as are given to wine go and seek out such places, and where the best is to be had. So the Targum,

``they go and seek the house of mixture, or mixed wine;''
or, as the Syriac version,
``the house of feasting;''
and so the Arabic:
``where there are junketing and drinking bouts,''
as the Septuagint.
FOOTNOTES:

F17 (Komm) "calicibus epotandi", V. L.

Proverbs 23:30 In-Context

28 She also lies in wait as for a victim, And increases the unfaithful among men.
29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaints? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes?
30 Those who linger long at the wine, Those who go in search of mixed wine.
31 Do not look on the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, When it swirls around smoothly;
32 At the last it bites like a serpent, And stings like a viper.