What does the Bible say about drinking (wine/alcohol)?
wine:3196יין yayin yah'-yin From an unused root meaning to effervesce; wine (as fermented); by implication intoxication: - banqueting, wine, wine [-bibber].
wine:3631 oy'-nos a prim. word; (or perh. of Heb, or. ; " wine" (lit. or fig.); - wine.
wine:8492תּירשׁ תּירושׁ tı̂yrôsh tı̂yrôsh tee-roshe', tee-roshe' From H3423 in the sense of expulsion; must or fresh grape juice (as just squeezed out); by implication (rarely) fermented wine: - (new, sweet) wine.
strong drink,7941שׁכר shêkâr shay-kawr' From H7937; an intoxicant, that is, intensely alcoholic liquor: - strong drink, + drunkard, strong wine.
liquor 4952 משׁרה mishrâh mish-raw' From H8281 in the sense of loosening; maceration, that is, steeped juice: - liquor.
Gen 14:18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine:3196 and he was the priest of the most high God.
Gen 27:28 Therefore God give thee of the dew, of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine:8492
Gen 27:25 And he said, Bring it near to me, and I will eat of my son's venison, that my soul may bless thee. And he brought it near to him, and he did eat: and he brought him wine,3196 and he drank
Wine is viewed as a divine blessing.
Exo 29:40 And with the one lamb a tenth deal of flour mingled with the fourth part of a hin of beaten oil; and the fourth part of a hin of wine3196 for a drink offering.
Lev 23:13 And the meat offering thereof shall be two tenth deals of fine flour mingled with oil, an offering made by fire unto the LORD for a sweet savor: and the drink offering thereof shall be of wine,3196 the fourth part of a hin.
De 14:26 And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine,3196, or for strong drink,7941, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the Lord thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household,
Wine was a part of worship.
Deu 29:5 And I have led you forty years in the wilderness: your clothes are not waxen old upon you, and thy shoe is not waxen old upon thy foot. Ye have not eaten bread, neither have ye drunk wine3196 or strong drink:7941 that ye might know that I am the LORD your God.
For those that would use the above mentioned to show the Lord did
not want us to drink alcohol, you would then have to accept
that we are not to eat bread as well.
Note below that the Lord only forbid out right the use of liquor when taking a vow, and during the days of his separation only that of a Nazarite vow.
Num 6:1-20 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When either man or woman shall separate themselves to vow a vow of a Nazarite, to separate themselves unto the LORD: He shall separate himself from wine 3196 and strong drink,7941 and shall drink no vinegar2558 of wine,3196 or vinegar2558 of strong drink,7941 neither shall he drink any liquor4952 of grapes,6025 nor eat moist grapes,6025 or dried. All the days of his separation shall he eat nothing that is made of the vine3196 tree, from the kernels, even to the husk.2085 And the priest shall wave them for a wave offering before the LORD: this is holy for the priest, with the wave breast and heave shoulder: and after that the Nazarite may drink wine.3196
Num 15:7 And for a drink offering thou shalt offer the third part of a hin of wine,3196 for a sweet savor unto the LORD.
2Sa 6:19 And he dealt among all the people, even among the whole multitude of Israel, as well to the women as men, to every one a cake of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine. So all the people departed every one to his house.
Judges 9:13 Should I give up my wine, which cheers both gods and men, to hold sway over the trees?
1Ch 12:40 Moreover they that were nigh them, even unto Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, brought bread on asses, and on camels, and on mules, and on oxen, and meat, meal, cakes of figs, and bunches of raisins, and wine, and oil, and oxen, and sheep abundantly: for there was joy in Israel.
1Ch 16:3 And he dealt to every one of Israel, both man and woman, to every one a loaf of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine.
Ps 104:15 And wine3196 that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man's heart.
Pro 31:6-7 Give strong drink7941 unto him that is ready to perish, and wine3196 unto those that be of heavy hearts. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.
It was encouraged for the poor and those sick unto death.
Is 1:22 Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water:
The prophet Isaiah condemns those who dilute their wine.
Is 24:6-11 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left. The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth, all the merryhearted do sigh. The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth. They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it. The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in. There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone.
The lack of wine was a sign of Lordís blessings being removed.
Ec 9:7 Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine3196 with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works.
Ecc 10:19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine3196 maketh merry: but money answereth all things.
Am 9:15 And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the Lord thy God.
Mt 11:19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.
Mt 26:26-29 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth, of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.
Jo 2:1-11 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine3631, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine3631. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine3631, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine3631; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine3631 until now. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.
Jo 4:46 So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine.3631 And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum.
Lk 7:33-34 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil. The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!
1Ti 5:23 Drink no longer water, but use a little wine3631 for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.
As shown above, Jesus came eating and drinking, and they called him a winebibber, why? He must have been drinking wine. Wine was often served at festive occasions, in fact, Jesus' own mother asked him to make more wine at a marriage feast and he obeyed her. Wine is even commanded in the passover observance. The Apostle Paul told Timothy, who was having stomach trouble, that he should drink a little wine for his stomach's sake, moderate consumption of wine has been proven to provide health benefits.
Many churches believe and teach that biblical wine is really unfermented grape juice. According to all indications, there is no possible way for this position to appear at all feasible. Noah could not possibly have gotten drunk on grape juice
Genesis 9:21 And he drank of the wine,3196 and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.,
Neither could have Lot
Genesis 19:32-35 Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose..
Over and over again you can find the Lord stating that
an offering made with wine,3196 of a sweet
Though scripture does not command against drinking alcohol, it does warn us against it's misuse or drunkenness.
The first recorded case of drunkenness in scripture,
Gen 9:21 And he [Noah] drank of the wine,3196 and was drunken;
Cautions against the dangers of drinking too much wine.
Pro 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
Pro 23:21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.
Pro 23:29-35 Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.
Pro 31:1-5 The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him. What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows? Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings. It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink: Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.
Is 28:7-8 But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment. For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.
Kings and judges are warned about drinking wine before making judgments as this may cause them to pervert or make an error.
Is 5:11-12 Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them! And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the Lord, neither consider the operation of his hands.
Eph 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
Ro 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
Based on the Bible, drinking alcohol is of itself not a sin or harmful, but of course, the Bible does condemn drunkenness. As long as we drink moderately, the Bible states it is good for us, but drunkenness or alcoholism is definitely not to be a part of a Christian's life.
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