1 Timothy 5:23

“Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Drinke no longer water, but vse a little wine for thy stomackes sake, and thine often infirmities.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

No longer drink water {exclusively,} but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Be no longer a drinker of water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Do not take only water as your drink, but take a little wine for the good of your stomach, and because you are frequently ill.
- Basic English Bible

Drink no longer only water, but use a little wine on account of thy stomach and thy frequent illnesses.
- Darby Bible

Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake, and thy frequent infirmities.
- Webster's Bible

(No longer be a water-drinker; but take a little wine for the sake of your digestion and your frequent ailments.)
- Weymouth Bible

Be no longer a drinker of water only, but use a little wine for your stomach's sake and your frequent infirmities.
- World English Bible

Nyle thou yit drinke watir, but vse a litil wyn, for thi stomac, and `for thin ofte fallynge infirmytees.
- Wycliffe Bible

no longer be drinking water, but a little wine be using, because of thy stomach and of thine often infirmities;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 5:23


1Ti 5:23 Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake. I suppose the thought of Timothy's trials called to mind a sense of his physical condition. Hence, he gives a medical prescription. The water of that region is not good. The writer well remembers a fearfully sick day that he passed at Ephesus in 1889, due to the water. Paul, hence, advises that instead, he try the light wines, with only the smallest percentage of alcohol. And thine often infirmities. The prescription is not of a beverage, but of a remedy for an invalid.

Discussion for 1 Timothy 5:23

  • Bill Duckworth for verse 23
    We must not be a drunkard. That 's bible. But God, in His infinite wisdom , peppers his Holy Word with health recommendations. Here, He does also.
  • It is strange that the verse about wine is interjected in the middle of a whole different discussion. He speaks of spiritual matters, stops and quotes the wine verse, then continues speaking about spiritual matters. Doesn 't make any sense. It must mean something spiritual.
  • C.Smith for verse 23
    But use a little wine for thy stomach sake, it 's clear to me, without any side effect. Amen!
  • Diyo Alex for verse 23
    A Christians we are not to encourage drunkedness and over consumption of alcohol or the use of alcohol for as an escapism from the stress of life.Our complete dependance must be on the Lord Jesus Christ...the worldly life uses alcohol for recreational purposes but we are encouraged to use a little wine for health reasons...hence not a lot for other reasons but for health sake...In context of the word G d encourages healthy living...as a drunkard will not enter the Kingdom of G d as the scriptures point out. Wine for Health! Amen.
  • Wine is also another term for grape juice. Juice helps with illnesses such as hypoglycemia which causes one to pass out. I just had The Lord speak to me this scripture and I didn 't understand it at the time because I don 't drink anymore but I just received a diagnosis of hypoglycemia and I now understand what He was trying to say. Juice is what helps an episode of low blood sugar. I 've only been drinking water for a really long time. This scripture is correct if you think of the context.
  • Some of you speak as if you have authority on this subject, you do not. The Bible absolutely permits you to drink wine. Jesus said "Drink of this cup, Some of you speak as if you have authority on this subject, you do not. The Bible absolutely permits you to drink wine. Jesus said "Drink of this cup, For this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. The old covenant was water. That was the miracle changing water into wine. Sin is everywhere and its not an action but a spirit. Do we not know that being a Christian is not just a lifestyle, its a spiritual war? Drinking of the wine is to find sin in and around us. John 1 5, For the light shine through the darkness and the darkness and the darkness comprehended it not. All of you please ask the Lord about this. Pray the Lords prayer

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