Proverbs 20:1

“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Wine is a mocker, strong drinke is raging: and whosoeuer is deceiued thereby, is not wise.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

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 20:1

  • Carolyn for verse 1
    Drinking wine is not sinful if done in moderation. Jesus Christ drank wine. The first miracle that He performed was turning water into wine at the wedding. We wouldn 't dare say that He didn 't enter the kingdom of heaven. He sits at the right hand of the Father. Anything in excess can be harmful, but not if done in moderation. There 's a time for everything. If you know your wanting to pray in the evening and early morning then you refrain too close to your intended prayer. Or only have one drink way before your intended aim to pray. No one can say who will go to heaven and who won 't. It 's not our call, but that of the Father.
  • Matthew for verse 1
    Other translations of this verse state "whoever errs by these is not wise ". Ephesians 5 18 states "Be ye not filled with wine, wherein is excess, but be filled with the Holy Spirit ". To me, Ephesians 5 18 speaks volumes. If you break down the language that is being used you 'll find 1 wine and the Holy Spirit cannot exist together be ye not filled with wine, but be filled with the Holy Spirit. The usage of the conjunction "but " implies it has to be one or the other. 2 Some feel that the phrase "wherein is excess " means drunkenness or a large consumption... That a drink is ok. Personally I don 't find that to be the case. I think the verse conveys, by that statement, that any consumption leads to excess. Look at it this way if I were to take an empty glass and fill it, it has volume, however, if I take the same empty glass and place a drop of water into it, what have I done? By no means is it "full ", but it is more "filled " than it was initially. I feel this verse cautions against any intake, no matter how much or how little. May the love of the Father be ever with you.
  • so my dad has raised me to beleive that drinking any form of beer or wine is a sin and I feel like wine or alcohol itself isn't bad... i know that the bible talks about being a drunkard and how thats bad.
    but I have yet to find in the bible where it actually says drinking is a sin.
    if ya'll have a verse i would definitely be interested in knowing it. my dad cant give me a verse that says that he's given me this verse. Provebs 20:1 but it just tells the effects of being drunk or drinking too much..
  • William Woode for verse 1
    Personally over te week l took 2 bottles of beer at 2 different places and at night l sleep off l could not pray b/4 sleeping and l again could not pray at dawn. So any thing that can deprive me not to pray equally deprive me to get into the Kingdom of Heaven .So in simple any person that aim of Heaven should abstain from strong drink and beer
  • Drink makes the man mad one.
    In India thousands of people die due to this bad habit.
  • Timothy Wayne George for verse 1
    Wine is a mocker, and strong drink intoxicating. Who ever is deceived by it is not wise. We are at liberty in Christ, yet we must not use our liberty as a stumbling stone for those who are recovering alcoholics. No one will become a alcoholic, if he or she does not take that first drink. It is better to refuse a drink, if it causes someone to stumble. As we celebrate life time accomplishments, let us remember the weaker brother or sister who looks to us to set an example how to live soberly, and righteously in this present world.

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