Themes in Proverbs: Foolishness of Alcohol

Please notice the words of the proverbs writer in Proverbs 23:

29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow?

Who has contentions? Who has complaining?

Who has wounds without cause?

Who has redness of eyes?

30 Those who linger long over wine,

Those who go to taste mixed wine.

31 Do not look on the wine when it is red,

When it sparkles in the cup,

When it goes down smoothly;

32 At the last it bites like a serpent

And stings like a viper.

33 Your eyes will see strange things

And your mind will utter perverse things.

34 And you will be like one who lies down in the middle of the sea,

Or like one who lies down on the top of a mast.

35 “They struck me, but I did not become ill;

They beat me, but I did not know it.

When shall I awake?

I will seek another drink.”



Evident from this passage is the foolishness of consuming alcohol in any amount.

Verse 29 – teach the lasting effects alcohol.

Verse 30 – reveal the victims of alcohol.

Verse 31 – warn of the allurement of alcohol.

Verses 32 through 34 – teach us of the immediate effects.

Verse 35 – show us the conclusion of a life touched by alcohol.