Themes in Proverbs: Gluttony

Proverbs 25:16 

Have you found honey? Eat only what you need,

That you not have it in excess and vomit it.


Gluttony is the sin of overindulgence; eating so much that we become sick. The root of this sin is a lack of moderation when it comes to eating. Moderation is a word that is often thrown around. We hear that we should have “moderation in all things…” For the Christian, that is simply untrue. Eating is something that should be done in moderation. By         contrast, gambling, drinking alcohol, drug use, etc. are never right in any amount of moderation. Eating food provides one with strength to live and thrive and without it we would die. So as the proverbs writer states: eat only what you need – not in excess.