This passage contains the strongest warning in proverbs against drunkenness. This is certainly a message for our generation where there are over 12 million alcoholics in our nation and millions more who are “problem drinkers.” At least 70% of these problem drinkers st … More
In Proverbs being wise in God’s view means being godly or righteous (vv. 24-25). Wise, godly living, in obedience to the parents’ discipline, not only benefits the child; it also benefits the parents.
Again the son was exhorted to follow his father’s teaching (vv. 26-28). The words give me your heart, appeal to the son’s thoughts and values so that his lifestyle will follow that of his father. The son’s eyes as well as his lips (22:18) and ears (23:12) are important. What one sees, says, and hears should be pleasing to the Lord. The urgency of the father’s appeal is related to the dangers of sexual waywardness. Two kinds of immoral women are in view, the unmarried (the prostitute) and the married (the wayward wife). Immoral women are like a deep pit (cf. 22:14) or a well in that they confine and trap men, making it impossible for them to escape the consequences. Men need to be on guard against wayward women who seek to seduce them, springing on them suddenly (cf. 7:7-10) like a bandit, adding to the number of their victims. The Bible also warns against men seducing women.
A Japanese proverb says: “First the man takes a drink; then the drink takes another drink; then the drink takes the man." I thank the Lord for protecting me from ever taking the first drink of alcohol.
The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him. Let your father and mother be glad; let her who bore you rejoice. My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways. For a prostitute is a deep pit; an adulteress is a narrow well. She lies in wait like a robber and increases the traitors among mankind. Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? Those who tarry long over wine; those who go to try mixed wine. Do not look at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup and goes down smoothly. In the end it bites like a serpent and stings like an adder. Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart utter perverse things. You will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, like one who lies on the top of a mast. "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."
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Proverbs 20:1-5Wine is a Mocker
Proverbs 20:6-10Who Can Find a Faithful Man?
Proverbs 20:11-20A Child Is Known By His Deeds
Proverbs 20:21-30Blows That Hurt Cleanse Away Evil
Proverbs 21:1-10A Contentious Wife Makes Life Miserable
Proverbs 21:11-21A Wise Person Stores Food Like an Ant
Proverbs 21:22-31Wisdom Gives Strength And Security
Proverbs 22:1-11Train a Child Right and He Will Not Depart From It
Proverbs 22:12-21Sayings of The Wise
Proverbs 22:22-29The Problem of Co-signing For Someone
Proverbs 23:1-11Trying to Teach a Fool is Useless
Proverbs 23:12-23A Wise Child Will Hear His Parents Instruction
Proverbs 23:24-35Drunkenness Leads to All Kinds of Problems
Proverbs 24:1-10What is in Your Heart Comes Out in Your Talk
Proverbs 24:11-22Rejoicing for The Wrong Reasons
Proverbs 24:23-34Priorities in Establishing a Home
Proverbs 25:1-10Tell a Person His Fault Alone
Proverbs 25:11-20Self Control is Important
Proverbs 25:21-28Compromise Invites an Attack by Satan
Proverbs 26:1-9The Man of Wisdom Will Not Dispute a Fool
Proverbs 26:10-19The Less You Do, The Less You Want to Do
Proverbs 26:20-28It Always Takes Two to Quarrel