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Proverbs 23:34

34 You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the rigging.

Read Proverbs 23:34 Using Other Translations

Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.
You will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, like one who lies on the top of a mast.
You will stagger like a sailor tossed at sea, clinging to a swaying mast.

What does Proverbs 23:34 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Proverbs 23:34

Yea, thou shall be as he that lieth down in the midst of the
sea
Not in the open sea, and the waves of it, there fluctuating and tossed about; nor in an island encompassed by sea; but in a ship at sea, a drunken man reels and tumbles about, just as a ship does at sea; hence the motions and agitations of it, and of the men in it, are compared to the reeling and staggering of a drunken man, ( Psalms 107:26 Psalms 107:27 ) ; or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast:
where the motion is the greatest. Or all this may be expressive of the dangers which a drunkard is exposed unto, and of his stupidity and insensibility; for though he is in as great danger as one in the circumstances described, in a storm at sea, yet is not sensible of it; which agrees with what follows.

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