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

  • BSP
    Verse 22 shows that we need to wait on God to take care of the unjust things that we go through. He is fully aware of all the factors and he knows best how to deal with such things.
  • Nola Brown
    Proverbs 20:24 - I believe it is emphasizing the impossibility of human-being to understand his actions
  • Irene123
    Thank-you for your concern for His truth. I have known for 50 yrs. His name is Jesus - Acts 2:38. It is nice to see others on here.
  • Mr. Smith
    Irene, God HAS HAD mercy on souls. His name is Jesus and his dying for those souls and sending the Holy Spirit. Now it's up to those very souls to have mercy on themselves by accepting that sacrifice and allowing the H.S. to comfort and guide them into the abundance and joy of the Kingdom of God...which, by the way, is already in us. Luke 17:20-21
  • Irene123
    Pro.20:1 - May God have mercy on souls ................
  • Brianna
    Vs. 1 I believe Carolyn hit it on the head. Good point about the first miracle Jesus performed. When in moderation, wine is an enjoyment. However, as with anything, our loving father warns us about over-indulging.

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