The Bible in Its Traditions

Sirach 31:32–38

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32  Wine taken in moderation lifts up the mind and the heart.

Sir31:Sir34:28  Wine measurably drunk and in season bringeth gladness of the heart, and cheerfulness of the mind

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33  Sober drinking is healthful to mind and body.

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34  Wine taken in excess stirs up conflict and anger, and brings many to ruin.

Sir31:Sir34:29  But wine drunken with excess maketh bitterness of the mind, with brawling and quarrelling.

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35  Wine taken in excess is bitter to the soul.

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36  The effects of inebriation are a stumbling block to the imprudent, diminishing strength and causing wounds.

Sir31:Sir34:30  Drunkenness increaseth the rage of a fool till he offend: it diminisheth strength, and maketh wounds.

37  You should not argue with your neighbor during a banquet of wine. And you should not spurn him in his cheerfulness.

Sir31:Sir34:31  Rebuke not thy neighbour at the wine, and despise him not in his mirth: give him no despiteful words, and press not upon him with urging him to drink.

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38  You should not speak words of reproach to him. And you should not press him with repeated requests.