Proverbs 23:18-35, Give Me Your Heart


18Surely there is a future,

And your hope will not be cut off.

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.

22Listen to your father who begot you,

And do not despise your mother when she is old.

23Buy truth, and do not sell it,

Get wisdom and instruction and understanding.

24The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice,

And he who sires a wise son will be glad in him.

25Let your father and your mother be glad,

And let her rejoice who gave birth to you.

26Give me your heart, my son,

And let your eyes delight in my ways.

27For a harlot is a deep pit

And an adulterous woman is a narrow well.

28Surely she lurks as a robber,

And increases the faithless among men.

29Who has woe? Who has sorrow?

Who has contentions? Who has complaining?

Who has wounds without cause?

Who has redness of eyes?

30Those who linger long over wine,

Those who go to taste mixed wine.

31Do not look on the wine when it is red,

When it sparkles in the cup,

When it goes down smoothly;

32At the last it bites like a serpent

And stings like a viper.

33Your eyes will see strange things

And your mind will utter perverse things.

34And you will be like one who lies down in the middle of the sea,

Or like one who lies down on the top of a mast.

35″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.”

1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation


Action: What are the potential consequences of drinking alcohol?