Proverbs 20:1

“Wine is a mocker, strong drinke is raging: and whosoeuer is deceiued thereby, is not wise.”

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Other Translations

Wine [is] a mocker, strong drink [is] raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
- King James Version

Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, And whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler; And whosoever erreth thereby is not wise.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Wine makes men foolish, and strong drink makes men come to blows; and whoever comes into error through these is not wise.
- Basic English Bible

Wine is a scorner, strong drink is raging; and whoso erreth thereby is not wise.
- Darby Bible

Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whoever is deceived by it is not wise.
- Webster's Bible

Wine is a mocker, and beer is a brawler. Whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
- World English Bible

Wine [is] a scorner -- strong drink [is] noisy, And any going astray in it is not wise.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Wine is a mocker, strong drink is riotous; and whosoever reeleth thereby is not wise.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 20:1

20:1 A mocker - Wine immoderately drunk makes men mockers. Raging - Makes men full of rage.

Discussion for Proverbs 20

  • Maebelle Youngblood
    Hi, Proverbs 20:21 supports our. Sunday School lesson, The Gift of Faith. Just sharing--Love, Rachel

  • Joel
    vs. 27 - O Spirit of the Lord, be my searcher today! Open me in the hidden areas, and lovingly reveal to me your grace in forgiveness of hidden sin. Thank you for your love and care, LORD.
  • Nadine nelson-hawkins
    It means that as men we need to be humble and that it's not about us, let our spirit of God represent him because if we are the light then we must shine because as a servant of the Lord it's the closet people will see of him. Our spirit should show his work.
  • Reinarudo Watanabe
    PROVERBS 2O:1 COMMENT 4 27 2015 1:15 AM Sarah, Here a references I have gather in my Bible about wine and strong drink. Prov.23:29-35 Isa. 5:11 28:7 56:10,12 Hos.4:11 Nah.1:10 Matt.24:49,50 Eph.5:18 A believer in Christ we Abstain from all appearance of evil. 1Thess.5:22. God bless, A-men.
  • Reinarudo Watanabe
    PROVERBS 20:24 COMMENTS 4 26 2015 11:58 PM This verse is a various people of moral virtues, and their counter vices. JEREMIAH 10:23 ROMANS 8:26. Thank you Lord for teach and lead us unto your path and have a salvation for our soul. A-men.
  • Vicente for verse 27
    I believe it to mean that the Lord uses our spirit to lead and guide.

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