Proverbs 31:6

6 Let beer be for those who are perishing, wine for those who are in anguish!

Proverbs 31:6 in Other Translations

6 Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.
6 Give strong drink to the one who is perishing, and wine to those in bitter distress;
6 Alcohol is for the dying, and wine for those in bitter distress.
6 Use wine and beer only as sedatives, to kill the pain and dull the ache
6 Give beer to one who is dying, and wine to one whose life is bitter.

Proverbs 31:6 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 31:6

Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish
Thou, O Lemuel, and other kings and judges, rather than drink strong drink yourselves, least to excess; give it out of your great abundance and liberality to poor persons in starving circumstances, who must perish, unless relieved; it will do them good, moderately used; and should they drink too freely, which they ought not, yet it would not be attended with such bad consequences as if kings and princes should; and wine to those that be of heavy heart;
of melancholy dispositions, under gloomy apprehensions of things; pressed with the weight of their affliction and poverty: or, "bitter in soul" F9; such as God has dealt bitterly with, as Naomi says was her case, and therefore called her own name Marah, which signifies bitter; of such a sorrowful spirit, and one thus bitter in soul, was Hannah; and so Job, and others; persons in great affliction and distress, to whom life itself is bitter; see ( Ruth 1:20 ) ( 1 Samuel 1:10 ) ( Job 3:20 ) ( 10:1 ) ; now wine to such is very exhilarating and cheering; see ( Judges 9:13 ) ( Psalms 104:15 ) .


F9 (vpn yrml) "his qui amaro sunt animo", V. L. Pagninus, Tigurine version: "amaris animo", Montanus, Junius & Tremellius; "amaris animus", Vatablus, Piscator.

Proverbs 31:6 In-Context

4 It is not for kings, Lemuel— it is not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer,
5 lest they drink and forget what has been decreed, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.
6 Let beer be for those who are perishing, wine for those who are in anguish!
7 Let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.
8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Genesis 14:18
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