9/12/18 Daily Bible Reading: Proverbs 20-22
Proverbs 20:1 (AMP)
WINE IS a mocker, strong drink a riotous brawler; and whoever errs or reels because of it is not wise. [Prov 23:29-30, Isa 28:7, Hos 4:11]
20:1. Wine and beer are personified as people of degraded character: a mocker (cf. 19:25, 29) and a brawler. The idea is that wine mocks the one who drinks it and beer makes him aggressive. Yayin, the most common word for wine, usually referred to fermented grape juice but sometimes was unfermented. Beer (šēk̠ār, rendered “strong drink” in the kjv) referred to drinks made from barley, dates, or pomegranates. It was intoxicating (Isa. 28:7) and was forbidden for priests (Lev. 10:9), Nazirites (Num. 6:1-3), and others (Isa. 5:11). Intoxicating drinks can lead people astray, causing them to do foolish things. Other passages in Proverbs that condemn drunkenness are 23:20-21, 29-35; 31:4-5.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty.