The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 31:25–31

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25  The city will murmur against the wicked in bread. For the testimony against his wickedness is true.

Sir31:Sir34:24  But against him that is a niggard of his meat the whole city shall murmur; and the testimonies of his niggardness shall not be doubted of.

26  Do not choose to provoke those who love wine. For wine has destroyed many.

Sir31:Sir34:25  Shew not thy valiantness in wine; for wine hath destroyed many.

27  Fire tests the hardness of iron; similarly, drinking wine to inebriation will rebuke the hearts of the arrogant.

Sir31:Sir34:26  The furnace proveth the edge by dipping: so doth wine the hearts of the proud by drunkenness.

28  Drinking wine in sobriety gives a contented life to men. If you drink it in moderation, you will be sober.

Sir31:Sir34:27  Wine is as good as life to a man, if it be drunk moderately: what life is then to a man that is without wine? for it was made to make men glad.

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29  What is life to him who is diminished by wine?

30  What can cheat him of his life? Death.

31  From the beginning, wine was created for cheerfulness, but not for inebriation.