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  Drinking Bible Quotes & Promises
- Inspirational & Famous Quotes
-- Definitions & Meanings

Bible Quotes
Drink no wine or strong drink, you or your sons with you, when you go into the tent of meeting, lest you die. It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations.
(Leviticus 10:9) ESV

Therefore be careful and drink no wine or strong drink, and eat nothing unclean,
(Judges 13:4) ESV

And wine to gladden the heart of man, oil to make his face shine and bread to strengthen man's heart.
(Psalm 104:15) ESV

Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
(Proverbs 20:1) ESV

For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags.
(Proverbs 23:21) ESV

Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? Those who tarry long over wine; those who go to try mixed wine. Do not look at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup and goes down smoothly. In the end it bites like a serpent and stings like an adder. Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart utter perverse things. ...
(Proverbs 23:29-35) ESV

It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to take strong drink,
(Proverbs 31:4) ESV

Give strong drink to the one who is perishing, and wine to those in bitter distress;
(Proverbs 31:6) ESV

Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do.
(Ecclesiastes 9:7) ESV

I came to my garden, my sister, my bride, I gathered my myrrh with my spice, I ate my honeycomb with my honey, I drank my wine with my milk. Eat, friends, drink, and be drunk with love!
(Song of Solomon 5:1) ESV

Woe to those who rise early in the morning, that they may run after strong drink, who tarry late into the evening as wine inflames them!
(Isaiah 5:11) ESV

Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine, and valiant men in mixing strong drink,
(Isaiah 5:22) ESV

But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king's food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself.
(Daniel 1:8) ESV

Whoredom, wine, and new wine, which take away the understanding.
(Hosea 4:11) ESV

Woe to him who makes his neighbors drink— you pour out your wrath and make them drunk, in order to gaze at their nakedness!
(Habakkuk 2:15) ESV

The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.
(Matthew 11:19) ESV

For he will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb.
(Luke 1:15) ESV

For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’
(Luke 7:33,34) ESV

Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy.
(Romans 13:13) ESV

It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble.
(Romans 14:21) ESV

Nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
(1 Corinthians 6:10) ESV

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
(1 Corinthians 10:31) ESV

Envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
(Galatians 5:21) ESV

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,
(Ephesians 5:18) ESV

Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain.
(1 Timothy 3:8) ESV

(No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.)
(1 Timothy 5:23) ESV

For an overseer, as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain,
(Titus 1:7) ESV

Inspirational Quotes from Famous People

A weekend in Vegas without gambling and drinking is just like being a born-again Christian.
--Artie Lange – American Actor Born 1967

A woman should never be seen eating or drinking, unless it be lobster salad and Champagne, the only true feminine and becoming viands.
--Lord Byron – British Poet Born 1788 Died 1824

By polluting clear water with slime you will never find good drinking water.
--Aeschylus – Greek Poet Born 525 BC Died 456 BC

Dad was just an emotional wreck. He was drinking a lot of the time, he was smoking a lot of pot. And because he takes certain medications, the drinking was making him... you know, he wasn't even present, really.
--Jack Osbourne – English Celebrity Born 1985

Drinking beer is easy. Trashing your hotel room is easy. But being a Christian, that's a tough call. That's rebellion.
--Alice Cooper- American Musician Born 1948

Drinking intensifies all your pressures and your needs.
--Desi Arnaz – American Actor Born 1917 Died 1986

Even though I had a lucrative contract with MGM, I had a husband who was drinking and gambling our money away faster than I could make it.
--Esther Williams – American Actress Born 1921

I dare not drink before a gig because I'll get tired and blow it. So I have to sit drinking tea in a caravan.
--John Bonham – British Musician Born 1948 Died 1980

I have no inhibitions about smoking or drinking, but I think too much of my voice to place it in jeopardy. I have spent many good years in training and cultivating it, and I would be foolish to do anything which might impair or ruin it.
--Jeanette MacDonald – American Actress Born 1903 Died 1965

I know a man who gave up smoking, drinking, sex, and rich food. He was healthy right up to the day he killed himself.
--Johnny Carson – American Comedian Born 1925 Died 2005

I never used to drink water. I am drinking six liters of water every day now. That's the key.
--Warren Cuccurullo – American Musician Born 1956

I tried to give up drugs by drinking.
--Lou Reed – American Musician Born 1942

I'm a Method actor. I spent years training for the drinking and carousing I had to do in this film.
--George Clooney – American Actor Born 1961

I'm only drinking white wine because I'm on a diet and I don't eat.
--Oliver Reed – English Actor Born 1938 Died 1999

I'm taking Viagra and drinking prune juice - I don't know if I'm coming or going.
--Rodney Dangerfield – American Comedian Born 1921 Died 2004

I've stopped drinking, but only while I'm asleep.
--George Best – Irish Athlete Born 1946 Died 2005

If everybody in this town connected with politics had to leave town because of chasing women and drinking, you would have no government.
--Barry Goldwater – American Politician Born 1909 Died 1998

It's like gambling somehow. You go out for a night of drinking and you don't know where your going to end up the next day. It could work out good or it could be disastrous. It's like the throw of the dice.
--Jim Morrison – American Musician Born 1943 Died 1971

My justification is that most people my age spend a lot of time thinking about what they're going to do for the next five or ten years. The time they spend thinking about their life, I just spend drinking.
--Amy Winehouse – English Musician Born 1984 Died 2011

Now don't say you can't swear off drinking; it's easy. I've done it a thousand times.
--W. C. Fields – American Comedian Born 1880 Died 1946

So many groups fail because they spend all their time in the clubs. Work pours in and they can't handle it because of late-night drinking.
--Maurice Gibb – Australian Musician Born 1949 Died 20033

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Meaning of "Wine" in the Bible

In the Bible the word "wine" is used both to describe fresh grape juice and alcoholic wine. One needs to read the context of the word to determine which variety is meant.

In the following verses the word "wine" refers to fresh grape juice.  

Deuteronomy 11:14 says, "I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil." Everyone knows that a person does not gather alcoholic wine from the vine. Even if the grape rotted on the vine, the juice would be sour, acidic vinegar-wine, rather than alcoholic. Therefore, when this scripture speaks of gathering their wine, it means gathering fresh juice!

2 Chronicles 31:5 is similar. "The children of Israel brought in abundance the first fruits of corn, wine, and oil, and honey and of all the increase of the field." The word first fruits shows that they brought in the very first things that became ripe. Also, the verse begins with the words, "As soon as the commandment came abroad, the children of Israel brought in..." There was no time for an aging process which would turn grape juice into alcoholic wine; yet, he calls it wine!

Other verses in which "wine" means fresh grape juice include Nehemiah 13:15; Proverbs 3:10; Isaiah 16:10; Jeremiah 48:33.

1 Timothy 5:23 seems to be a problem to many people, when Paul advises Timothy to "drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities." Many insist that here, the Bible gives the privilege, if not a command, of using wine (alcoholic) as a medicine. However, this cannot possibly be referring to alcoholic wine. The reason? Because he specifically says that it is to be drunk for Timothy's stomach's sake. He obviously had some kind of stomach disease and any doctor will tell you that such a person must abstain from alcoholic beverage.

We do not know what Timothy's specific infirmities were, nor do we know what kind of healing properties there were in grape juice. Maybe Paul was saying that Timothy should not drink the water, since in many parts of the world it is not pure and would cause a healthy person to have trouble from amoebas, etc. One who already had stomach problems would only multiply them by drinking impure water. Paul might have been recommending that Timothy drink grape juice only. In any case, we can be positive that he was not telling him to put alcohol in a bad stomach!

The context will always show when "wine" refers to alcoholic beverage

In such cases, God discusses the bad effects of it and warns against it. An example would be Genesis 9, Noah's experience after the flood. Verse 21, "And he drank of the wine, and was drunken..." clearly means alcoholic beverage.

Proverbs 20:1 speaks of the same thing when it warns us, "Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging; and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise." Alcoholic wine is deceptive; but how? In the very way that people are advocating today, by saying that drinking a little bit will not hurt. Everyone admits that drinking too much is bad; even the liquor companies tell us not to drive and drink, but they insist that a small amount is all right. However, that is the very thing that is deceptive; who knows how little to drink? Experts tell us that each person is different. It takes an ounce to affect one, while more is necessary for another. But, the same person will react to alcohol differently, depending on the amount of food he has had, among other things. So, the idea that "a little bit won't hurt" is deceptive, and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise!

Proverbs 23:30-31 refers to alcoholic wine, because it tells us in the previous verse that those who drink it have woe, sorrow, contentions, babbling, wounds without cause, and redness of eyes. What a graphic description of those who "tarry long" at alcoholism. Verses 32-35 continue the same description; context always makes it clear when alcohol is meant.

But if "wine" may mean fresh grape juice or alcohol, how can we ever know which? This should not be confusing. In our language, we have various words, which have two or even three meanings. For instance, the word "story," according to Webster's Dictionary, may mean (1) the telling of a happening, (2) a falsehood or fib, (3) a section or horizontal division of a building. Suppose a foreigner was to read these three definitions and wonder, "How can I ever know what it means? Which definition would apply?" The obvious answer to that question is to see how the word is used in a sentence. "I live on the third story," obviously means something different from "He told me an interesting story." The context determines! So it is in the Bible. We can tell when "wine" means fresh grape juice and when it means alcoholic beverage, by reading the context, just as we have done in the previous paragraphs.2


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Definition of Drinking

1. of Drink.

2. The act of one who drinks; the act of imbibing.

3. The practice of partaking to excess of intoxicating liquors.

4. An entertainment with liquors; a carousal.1   




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2.  What the Bible Teaches About Drinking Wine -
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary -
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