Verses on Moderation
It is not good to eat much honey, nor is it glorious to seek one’s own glory.
Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything.
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,
Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity,
Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
(No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.)
Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand;
If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations— “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings? These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags.
Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good,
Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain.
And wine to gladden the heart of man, oil to make his face shine and bread to strengthen man’s heart.
Envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble.
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.
But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.
“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
Give strong drink to the one who is perishing, and wine to those in bitter distress; let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.
Do not look at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup and goes down smoothly. In the end it bites like a serpent and stings like an adder.
But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one.
It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to take strong drink, lest they drink and forget what has been decreed and pervert the rights of all the afflicted.
If you have found honey, eat only enough for you, lest you have your fill of it and vomit it.
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.
The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
They shall eat, but not be satisfied; they shall play the whore, but not multiply,
because they have forsaken the Lord to cherish 11 whoredom, wine, and new wine,
which take away the understanding.
Woe to those who rise early in the morning, that they may run after strong drink, who tarry late into the evening as wine inflames them!
The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him: What are you doing, my son? What are you doing, son of my womb? What are you doing, son of my vows? Do not give your strength to women, your ways to those who destroy kings. It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to take strong drink, lest they drink and forget what has been decreed and pervert the rights of all the afflicted.
Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine, and valiant men in mixing strong drink, who acquit the guilty for a bribe, and deprive the innocent of his right!
Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? Those who tarry long over wine; those who go to try mixed wine. Do not look at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup and goes down smoothly. In the end it bites like a serpent and stings like an adder. Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart utter perverse things.
bibleaid article Overeating
- Just what is sin? (sorry it is a bit lengthy) (dswiftblog.wordpress.com)
- Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” (calvinistview.com)