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

  • Gary Rodgers
    Verse 19
    Beware of people that try to pry into your affairs with their charm and flattery. Being known to be a gossiper they will surely carry their knowledge of you to the ears of others.
  • Bud
    To Yolanda Jones: Go to verse 23 and see if that helps. The LORD detest differing weights and dishonest scales.
  • Michael C.
    Hi Yolanda; We could simply say, that we should judge right and equal in all things; but that would not put that verse completely in context of the whole proverb (5-12); which is about how God searches and knows us by our walking in His counsel, which He has put in our hearts; and our drawing out that understanding, unto purity and integrity in all our ways. Nothing else can commend us before Him!
  • Yolanda Jones
    I do not understand verse 10.
  • BSP
    Verse 29 shows that young ones can use their strength and power to bring glory to God.
  • Maebelle Youngblood
    Hi, Proverbs 20:21 supports our. Sunday School lesson, The Gift of Faith. Just sharing--Love, Rachel
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