Does Proverbs 31:6-7 say its OK to drink alcohol?

“Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more” (Proverbs 31:6, 7).

We know that the Bible does not approve of alcoholic drinks as seen in the following verses:

“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise” (Proverbs 20:1). “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” (Proverbs 23:31, 32). “Neither fornicators … nor drunkards … shall inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9, 10).

So, what does Proverbs 31:6-7 mean? The phrase “ready to perish” gives us the answer.

Without the knowledge of narcotics possessed by medical men today, the ancients had often only various mixtures of intoxicating drinks and preparations of narcotic herbs with which to dull the pains of fatal illness. Those who were crucified in the time of Christ were offered a mixture of vinegar and gall. Our Lord refused to drink the mixture. He desired a clear mind to resist the temptation of Satan and to keep strong His faith in God ( Matt. 27:34)

Although strong drink is forbidden for the healthy, it is permitted only as a pain killer for medical reasons to relief the misery of those that have terminal sicknesses and nearing death.

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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