Proverbs 23:20

20 Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat,

Proverbs 23:20 in Other Translations

20 Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:
20 Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat,
20 Do not carouse with drunkards or feast with gluttons,
20 Don't drink too much wine and get drunk; don't eat too much food and get fat.
20 Don't associate with those who drink too much wine, or with those who gorge themselves on meat.

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 There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.
19 Listen, my son, and be wise, and set your heart on the right path:
20 Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat,
21 for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.
22 Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Isaiah 5:11,22; Isaiah 56:12; Habakkuk 2:15; Romans 13:13; Ephesians 5:18
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