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!

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

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

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,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish - We have already seen, that inebriating drinks were mercifully given to condemned criminals, to render them less sensible of the torture they endured in dying. This is what was offered to our Lord; but he refused it. See note on Psalm 104:15.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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Psalm 104:15 And wine that makes glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengthens man's heart.

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

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 him, because the soul of all the people was grieved...

2 Kings 4:27 And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught him by the feet: but Gehazi came near to thrust her away...

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The Gospel Cordial
A Sermon (No. 3236) published on Thursday, February 9th, 1911 delivered by C.H. Spurgeon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington. on Lord's Day Evening, September 20th, 1863. "Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more."--Proverbs 31:6, 7. These somewhat singular sentences were spoken by the mother of Lemuel to her son, who was probably Solomon. She had already said to him,
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

Proverbs
Many specimens of the so-called Wisdom Literature are preserved for us in the book of Proverbs, for its contents are by no means confined to what we call proverbs. The first nine chapters constitute a continuous discourse, almost in the manner of a sermon; and of the last two chapters, ch. xxx. is largely made up of enigmas, and xxxi. is in part a description of the good housewife. All, however, are rightly subsumed under the idea of wisdom, which to the Hebrew had always moral relations. The Hebrew
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Job 3:20
"Why is light given to those in misery, and life to the bitter of soul,

Job 29:13
The one who was dying blessed me; I made the widow's heart sing.

Psalm 104:15
wine that gladdens human hearts, oil to make their faces shine, and bread that sustains their hearts.

Proverbs 31:7
Let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.

Isaiah 38:15
But what can I say? He has spoken to me, and he himself has done this. I will walk humbly all my years because of this anguish of my soul.

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