Proverbs 23:35
New International Version
"They hit me," you will say, "but I'm not hurt! They beat me, but I don't feel it! When will I wake up so I can find another drink?"

New Living Translation
And you will say, "They hit me, but I didn't feel it. I didn't even know it when they beat me up. When will I wake up so I can look for another drink?"

English Standard Version
“They struck me,” you will say, “but I was not hurt; they beat me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake? I must have another drink.”

Berean Study Bible
“They struck me, but I feel no pain! They beat me, but I did not know it! When can I wake up to search for another drink?”

New American Standard Bible
"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."

King James Bible
They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.

Christian Standard Bible
"They struck me, but I feel no pain! They beat me, but I didn't know it! When will I wake up? I'll look for another drink."

Contemporary English Version
You will be bruised all over, without even remembering how it all happened. And you will lie awake asking, "When will morning come, so I can drink some more?"

Good News Translation
"I must have been hit," you will say; "I must have been beaten up, but I don't remember it. Why can't I wake up? I need another drink."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They struck me, but I feel no pain! They beat me, but I didn't know it! When will I wake up? I'll look for another drink."

International Standard Version
"They struck me," you will say, "but I never felt it. They beat me, but I never knew it When will I wake up? I want another drink."

NET Bible
You will say, "They have struck me, but I am not harmed! They beat me, but I did not know it! When will I awake? I will look for another drink."

New Heart English Bible
"They hit me, and I was not hurt. They beat me, and I do not feel it. When will I wake up? I can do it again. I can find another."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And you will say, “They hit me and I did not suffer; they were abusive to me and I did not know it. When I wake up and I go out, I will seek it.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"They strike me, but I feel no pain. They beat me, but I'm not aware of it. Whenever I wake up, I'm going to look for another drink."

JPS Tanakh 1917
They have struck me, and I felt it not, They have beaten me, and I knew it not; When shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.'

New American Standard 1977
“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.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
They have stricken me, thou shalt say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not; when I shall awake, I will seek it yet again.

King James 2000 Bible
They have stricken me, you shall say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.

American King James Version
They have stricken me, shall you say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.

American Standard Version
They have stricken me,'shalt thou say , and I was not hurt; They have beaten me, and I felt it not: When shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And thou shalt say, They smote me, and I was not pained; and they mocked me, and I knew it not: when will it be morning, that I may go and seek those with whom I may go in company?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And thou shalt say: They have beaten me, but I was not sensible of pain: they drew me, and I felt not: when shall I awake, and find wine again?

Darby Bible Translation
-- ''They have smitten me, [and] I am not sore; they have beaten me, [and] I knew it not. When shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.''

English Revised Version
They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not hurt; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.

Webster's Bible Translation
They have stricken me, wilt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.

World English Bible
"They hit me, and I was not hurt! They beat me, and I don't feel it! When will I wake up? I can do it again. I can find another."

Young's Literal Translation
'They smote me, I have not been sick, They beat me, I have not known. When I awake -- I seek it yet again!'
Study Bible
True Riches
34You will be like one sleeping on the high seas or lying on the top of a mast: 35“They struck me, but I feel no pain! They beat me, but I did not know it! When can I wake up to search for another drink?”
Cross References
Proverbs 23:34
You will be like one sleeping on the high seas or lying on the top of a mast:

Proverbs 26:11
As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.

Proverbs 27:22
Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with grain, yet his folly will not depart from him.

Isaiah 56:12
"Come, let me get the wine, let us imbibe the strong drink, and tomorrow will be like today, only far better!"

Jeremiah 5:3
O LORD, do not Your eyes look for truth? You struck them, but they felt no pain. You finished them off, but they refused to accept discipline. They have made their faces harder than stone and refused to repent.

Treasury of Scripture

They have stricken me, shall you say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.

stricken

Proverbs 27:22
Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.

Jeremiah 5:3
O LORD, are not thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return.

Jeremiah 31:18
I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art the LORD my God.

i felt it not

Ephesians 4:19
Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

i will

Proverbs 26:11
As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

Deuteronomy 29:19
And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst:

Isaiah 22:13
And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink; for to morrow we shall die.







Lexicon
“They struck me,
הִכּ֥וּנִי (hik·kū·nî)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - third person common plural | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5221: To strike

but I feel no
בַל־ (ḇal-)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 1077: A failure, nothing, not at all, lest

pain!
חָלִיתִי֮ (ḥā·lî·ṯî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 2470: To be weak or sick

They beat me,
הֲלָמ֗וּנִי (hă·lā·mū·nî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1986: To strike down, to hammer, stamp, conquer, disband

but I did not
בַּל־ (bal-)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 1077: A failure, nothing, not at all, lest

know it!
יָ֫דָ֥עְתִּי (yā·ḏā·‘ə·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3045: To know

When
מָתַ֥י (mā·ṯay)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4970: Extent, when

can I wake up
אָקִ֑יץ (’ā·qîṣ)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6974: Arise, be awake, watch

to search for
אֲבַקְשֶׁ֥נּוּ (’ă·ḇaq·šen·nū)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - first person common singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1245: To search out, to strive after

another
א֝וֹסִ֗יף (’ō·w·sîp̄)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3254: To add, augment

drink?”
עֽוֹד׃ (‘ō·wḏ)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 5750: Iteration, continuance, again, repeatedly, still, more
(35) They have stricken me, and I was not sick.--The drunken man feels no blows or ill usage.

When shall I awake?--He longs to rouse himself from his slumber that he may return to his debauch.

Verse 35. - The drunkard is represented as speaking to himself. The LXX. inserts, "and thou shelf say" as the Authorized Version does: They have stricken me, shall thou say, and I was not sick; or, I was not hurt. The drunken man has been beaten (perhaps there is a reference to the "contentions," ver. 29), but the blows did not pain him; his condition has rendered him insensible to pain. He has some vague idea the he has suffered certain rough treatment at the hands of his companions, but it has made no impression on him. They have beaten me, and I felt it not; did not even know it. Far from recognizing his degradation and profiting by the merzed chastisement which he has incurred, he is represented as looking forward with pleasure to a renewal of his debauch, when his drunken sleep shall be over. When shall I awake? I will seek it (wine) yet again. Some take מָתַי (mathai) as the relative conjunctive: "When I awake I will seek it again;" but it is always used interrogatively, and the expression thus becomes more animated, as Delitzsch observes. It is as though the drunkard has to yield to the effects of his excess and sleep off his intoxication, but he is. as it were, all the time longing to be able to rouse himself and recommence his orgies. We have had words put into the mouth of the sluggard (Proverbs 6:10). The whole verse is rendered by the LXX thus: "Thou shalt say, They smote me, and I was not pained, and they mocked me, and I knew it not. When will it be morning, that I may go and seek those with whom I may consort?" The author of the 'Tractutus de Conscientia' appended to St. Bernard's works, applies this paragraph to the cuss of an evil conscience indurated by wicked habits and insensible to correction.



23:29-35 Solomon warns against drunkenness. Those that would be kept from sin, must keep from all the beginnings of it, and fear coming within reach of its allurements. Foresee the punishment, what it will at last end in, if repentance prevent not. It makes men quarrel. Drunkards wilfully make woe and sorrow for themselves. It makes men impure and insolent. The tongue grows unruly; the heart utters things contrary to reason, religion, and common civility. It stupifies and besots men. They are in danger of death, of damnation; as much exposed as if they slept upon the top of a mast, yet feel secure. They fear no peril when the terrors of the Lord are before them; they feel no pain when the judgments of God are actually upon them. So lost is a drunkard to virtue and honour, so wretchedly is his conscience seared, that he is not ashamed to say, I will seek it again. With good reason we were bid to stop before the beginning. Who that has common sense would contract a habit, or sell himself to a sin, which tends to such guilt and misery, and exposes a man every day to the danger of dying insensible, and awaking in hell? Wisdom seems in these chapters to take up the discourse as at the beginning of the book. They must be considered as the words of Christ to the sinner.
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