26 My son, give me your heart
and let your eyes delight in my ways,
27 for an adulterous woman is a deep pit,
and a wayward wife is a narrow well.
28 Like a bandit she lies in wait
and multiplies the unfaithful among men.
This proverb says we can prevent being ensnared by the adulterous person if we keep our eyes and hearts fixed on examples of fidelity. Otherwise, we may fall prey to the promiscuous person whose immorality damages the whole community.
29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
Who has strife? Who has complaints?
Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?
30 Those who linger over wine,
who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.
31 Do not gaze at wine when it is red,
when it sparkles in the cup,
when it goes down smoothly!
32 In the end it bites like a snake
and poisons like a viper.
33 Your eyes will see strange sights,
and your mind will imagine confusing things.
34 You will be like one sleeping on the high seas,
lying on top of the rigging.
35 “They hit me,” you will say, “but I’m not hurt!
They beat me, but I don’t feel it!
When will I wake up
so I can find another drink?”
This is one of the strongest criticisms of recreational drinking in all of scripture. No matter how appealing alcohol appears, the outcome is disastrous: emotional grief, physical pain, hallucinations, and instability—all followed by the foolish desire to keep drinking.
Prayer: Giver of every good and perfect gift, let me enjoy your blessings with prudence and moderation.
Deliver me from temptation—whether lust or intoxication.
Be Lord of every part of my life so that I might honor you
with my whole body, mind, and spirit.