Woe Is Me

There was a wealthy man who once experienced all things-then sat down and wrote about his experiences. The following is what he had to say about alcohol. Who was woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaints? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? Those who linger long at the wine. Those who go in search of mixed wine. (mixed drinks)

He then offers some practical advice: Do not look on the wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it swirls around smoothly; at last it bites like a serpent, and stings like a viper. Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart will utter perverse things. Yes, you will be like one who lies down in the heart of the sea, or like one who lies at the top of the mast, saying, They struck me, but I was not hurt; they have beaten me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake, that I may seek another drink?

The New Living Translation (NLT) says it this way in Proverbs 23:29-35

 Who has anguish? Who has sorrow? Who is always fighting? Who is always complaining? Who has unnecessary bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?  It is the one who spends long hours in the taverns, trying out new drinks. Don’t gaze at the wine, seeing how red it is, how it sparkles in the cup, how smoothly it goes down. For in the end it bites like a poisonous snake; it stings like a viper. You will see hallucinations, and you will say crazy things. You will stagger like a sailor tossed at sea, clinging to a swaying mast. And you will say, “They hit me, but I didn’t feel it. I didn’t even know it when they beat me up. When will I wake up so I can look for another drink?” 

It sounds like this man had been there and done that a few time. The man who wrote this profound truth was a king, a wealthy king. His name was Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived besides Jesus Christ. If you have ever lingered too long at the drink, you can certainly identify with the truth he wrote. DThrash

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