Proverbs 23:20
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat,

New Living Translation
Do not carouse with drunkards or feast with gluttons,

English Standard Version
Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat,

New American Standard Bible
Do not be with heavy drinkers of wine, Or with gluttonous eaters of meat;

King James Bible
Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't associate with those who drink too much wine or with those who gorge themselves on meat.

International Standard Version
Don't associate with heavy drinkers or dine with gluttons,

NET Bible
Do not spend time among drunkards, among those who eat too much meat,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not be drunk with wine and do not be a glutton of meat.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not associate with those who drink too much wine, with those who eat too much meat,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do not be among those who are drunk with wine; nor among gluttonous eaters of food;

King James 2000 Bible
Be not among winebibbers; among gluttonous eaters of meat:

American King James Version
Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:

American Standard Version
Be not among winebibbers, Among gluttonous eaters of flesh:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be not in the feasts of great drinkers, nor in their revellings, who contribute flesh to eat:

Darby Bible Translation
Be not among winebibbers, among riotous eaters of flesh.

English Revised Version
Be not among winebibbers; among gluttonous eaters of flesh:

Webster's Bible Translation
Be not among wine-bibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:

World English Bible
Don't be among ones drinking too much wine, or those who gorge themselves on meat:

Young's Literal Translation
Be not thou among quaffers of wine, Among gluttonous ones of flesh,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

23:19-28 The gracious Saviour who purchased pardon and peace for his people, with all the affection of a tender parent, counsels us to hear and be wise, and is ready to guide our hearts in his way. Here we have an earnest call to young people, to attend to the advice of their godly parents. If the heart be guided, the steps will be guided. Buy the truth, and sell it not; be willing to part with any thing for it. Do not part with it for pleasures, honours, riches, or any thing in this world. The heart is what the great God requires. We must not think to divide the heart between God and the world; he will have all or none. Look to the rule of God's word, the conduct of his providence, and the good examples of his people. Particular cautions are given against sins most destructive to wisdom and grace in the soul. It is really a shame to make a god of the belly. Drunkenness stupifies men, and then all goes to ruin. Licentiousness takes away the heart that should be given to God. Take heed of any approaches toward this sin, it is very hard to retreat from it. It bewitches men to their ruin.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 20. - Wine bibbers; persons who meet together for the express purpose of drinking intoxicating liquors. Among riotous eaters of flesh. The Hebrew is "of flesh for themselves," whence some take the meaning to be "of their own flesh," i.e. who by their gluttony and luxury ruin their own bodies. But the parallelism with the wine drinker shows plainly that the flesh which they eat is meant, and the idea is that they eat for the gratification of their own appetites, caring nothing for anything else. The combination of glutton and wine bibber was used as a reproach against our blessed Lord (Matthew 11:19). The versions of Jerome and the LXX. point to the contributed entertainments, where each guest brought some article to the meal, like our picnics. Thus Vulgate, "Be not among parties of drinkers, nor at the banquets of those who contribute flesh to eat;" Septuagint. "Be not a wine bibber, and strain not after contributed feasts (συμβολαῖς) and purchases of meats."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

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.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

20. riotous … flesh—prodigal, or eating more than necessary. Instead of "their flesh" (compare Margin), better, "flesh to them," that is, used for pleasure.

Proverbs 23:20 Additional Commentaries
Consider Diligently what is Before You
19Listen, my son, and be wise, And direct your heart in the way. 20Do not be with heavy drinkers of wine, Or with gluttonous eaters of meat; 21For the heavy drinker and the glutton will come to poverty, And drowsiness will clothe one with rags.…
Cross References
Matthew 24:49
and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards.

Luke 21:34
"Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap.

Romans 13:13
Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.

Ephesians 5:18
Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,

Deuteronomy 21:20
They shall say to the elders, "This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious. He will not obey us. He is a glutton and a drunkard."

Proverbs 20:1
Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.

Proverbs 23:2
and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.

Proverbs 23:29
Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?

Proverbs 23:30
Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.

Proverbs 28:7
A discerning son heeds instruction, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.

Isaiah 5:22
Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine and champions at mixing drinks,
Treasury of Scripture

Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:


Proverbs 23:29-35 Who has woe? who has sorrow? who has contentions? who has babbling? …

Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whoever is deceived …

Proverbs 28:7 Whoever keeps the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of …

Proverbs 31:6,7 Give strong drink to him that is ready to perish, and wine to those …

Isaiah 5:11,22 Woe to them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow …

Isaiah 22:13 And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating …

Matthew 24:49 And shall begin to smite his fellow servants, and to eat and drink …

Luke 15:13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and …

Luke 16:19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine …

Luke 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged …

Romans 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, …

Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

1 Peter 4:3,4 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have worked the will …


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