(A RESPONSIVE READING)
“Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!” Isa. 5:11.
“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.” Verse 12.
“And the Lord spake unto Aaron, saying, Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee.” Lev. 10:8,9.
“They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it.” Isa. 24:9.
“It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink.” Prov. 31:4.
“Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower.” Isa. 28:1.
“He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.” Prov. 21:17.
“For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty; and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.” Prov. 23:21.
“Woe unto him that giveth his neighbor drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also.” Hab. 2:15.
“Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink.” Isa. 5:22.
“Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.” Eph. 5:18.
“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” Prov. 20:1.
“Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?” Prov. 23:29.
“They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.” Verse 30.
“Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his color in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.” Verse 31.
“At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.” Verse 32.
“Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, . . . nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” 1 Cor. 6:9,10.
“Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing.” Judges 13:4.
“Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” 1 Cor. 6:19.
“For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” Verse 20.
“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Cor. 10:31.
LOOK not upon the wine
That sparkles in its flow,
For death is slumbering there,
Beneath its ruddy glow.
No happiness it bringeth,
At last it only stingeth;
It biteth, and it wringeth
The heart with bitter woe.
Lift up the tempted soul
Now fallen in despair,
Direct his thoughts above,
To God, who heareth prayer.
His arm in mighty power
Can bid the demon cower,
And in temptation’s hour
Will an escape prepare.
F. E. BELDEN.