Proverbs 31:6
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New International Version
Let beer be for those who are perishing, wine for those who are in anguish!

New Living Translation
Alcohol is for the dying, and wine for those in bitter distress.

English Standard Version
Give strong drink to the one who is perishing, and wine to those in bitter distress;

New American Standard Bible
Give strong drink to him who is perishing, And wine to him whose life is bitter.

King James Bible
Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Give beer to one who is dying and wine to one whose life is bitter.

International Standard Version
Give liquor to someone who is perishing, and wine to someone who is deeply depressed.

NET Bible
Give strong drink to the one who is perishing, and wine to those who are bitterly distressed;

New Heart English Bible
Give strong drink to him who is ready to perish; and wine to the bitter in soul:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Strong drink is given to mourners and wine to bitter souls,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Give liquor to a person who is dying and wine to one who feels resentful.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, And wine unto the bitter in soul;

New American Standard 1977
Give strong drink to him who is perishing,
            And wine to him whose life is bitter.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Give beer unto him that is ready to perish and wine unto those that have heavy hearts.

King James 2000 Bible
Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.

American King James Version
Give strong drink to him that is ready to perish, and wine to those that be of heavy hearts.

American Standard Version
Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, And wine unto the bitter in soul:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Give strong drink to them that are sad: and wine to them that are grieved in mind:

Darby Bible Translation
Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto the bitter of soul:

English Revised Version
Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto the bitter in soul:

Webster's Bible Translation
Give strong drink to him that is ready to perish, and wine to those that are of heavy hearts.

World English Bible
Give strong drink to him who is ready to perish; and wine to the bitter in soul:

Young's Literal Translation
Give strong drink to the perishing, And wine to the bitter in soul,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
31:1-9 When children are under the mother's eye, she has an opportunity of fashioning their minds aright. Those who are grown up, should often call to mind the good teaching they received when children. The many awful instances of promising characters who have been ruined by vile women, and love of wine, should warn every one to avoid these evils. Wine is to be used for want or medicine. Every creature of God is good, and wine, though abused, has its use. By the same rule, due praise and consolation should be used as cordials to the dejected and tempted, not administered to the confident and self-sufficient. All in authority should be more carefully temperate even than other men; and should be protectors of those who are unable or afraid to plead their own cause. Our blessed Lord did not decline the bitterest dregs of the cup of sorrow put into his hands; but he puts the cup of consolation into the hands of his people, and causes those to rejoice who are in the deepest distress.
Study Bible
The Words of King Lemuel
5For they will drink and forget what is decreed, And pervert the rights of all the afflicted. 6Give strong drink to him who is perishing, And wine to him whose life is bitter. 7Let him drink and forget his poverty And remember his trouble no more.…
Cross References
Job 3:20
"Why is light given to him who suffers, And life to the bitter of soul,

Job 29:13
"The blessing of the one ready to perish came upon me, And I made the widow's heart sing for joy.

Psalm 104:15
And wine which makes man's heart glad, So that he may make his face glisten with oil, And food which sustains man's heart.

Proverbs 31:7
Let him drink and forget his poverty And remember his trouble no more.

Isaiah 38:15
"What shall I say? For He has spoken to me, and He Himself has done it; I will wander about all my years because of the bitterness of my soul.
Treasury of Scripture

Give strong drink to him that is ready to perish, and wine to those that be of heavy hearts.

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Psalm 104:15 And wine that makes glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face …

1 Timothy 5:23 Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for your stomach's sake …

of heavy hearts or bitter of soul

1 Samuel 1:10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the LORD, and wept sore.

1 Samuel 30:6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spoke of stoning …

2 Kings 4:27 And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught him by …

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