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Proverbs Chapter 20

Proverbs Chapter 20

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Drunkenness, Arrogance, Wise Counsel, Being Diligent in our Work.The Book of ProverbsChapter 20Proverbs 20:1
Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby isnot wise.
 H3196- From the Hebrew word: ןיי yayin
From an unused root meaning to
(as fermented); by implication
intoxication: -
 banqueting, wine, wine [-bibber].
strong drink 
 H7941- From the Hebrew word: רכשׁ she
From H7937; an
, that is, intensely alcoholic
liquor: -
strong drink, + drunkard, strongwine.
The first time the word “wine” was mentioned in scripture was in Genesis chapter 9, starting at verse 20 when Noah got so drunk that he passed out and got taken advantage of, and had hisnakedness uncovered by his son Ham. Noah was mocked by the wine, and his own son, Ham,thought it was funny. We should guard our souls from evil spirits that want to mock us. Ephesians5:18 tells us not to destroy ourselves by getting drunk, but let the Holy Spirit fill our lives.
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing andmaking melody in your heart to the Lord;
Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
We are encouraged to drink wine to help our stomach and any frequent illnesses:
I Timothy5:23
Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine ofteninfirmities.
Wine was also used in scripture as a topical medicine:
But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, hehad compassion on him,
And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on hisown beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
 Being a glutton in a sin. Wine is no longer good for you if you are a glutton drinking in excess.The four times that the word “glutton” is used in scripture; it refers to excess use of wine in the same verse;
Medical advice directly from God: A warning from God was given to the wife of Manoah not todrink alcohol while she was pregnant.
And the angel of the LORD appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now,thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son.
 Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not anyunclean thing:
For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for thechild shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israelout of the hand of the Philistines.
 Evil people use strong drink in order to take advantage of others:
Habakkuk 2:15
Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, andmakest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness!
The word “mocker” is used six times in scripture.
 Alcohol is linked to 75,000 U.S. deaths per year and is the third leading cause of mortality, a government study has found.
Proverbs 20:2
The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.
The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion:
Proverbs 19:12
The king’s wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon thegrass.
Whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul. God was provoked to anger when Israel chose to look to Egypt for help instead of coming to Him. Egypt is a idiom for the world.So we provoke God to anger when we look to the world, to new age doctrine, and to ourselvesinstead of the true and living God, Jehovah. Jesus died and shed his blood for us. When we look to the world, instead the Lord for our salvation, We provoke God to anger.
 Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit. When theLORD shall stretch out his hand, both he that helpeth shall fall, and he that is holpen shallfall down, and they all shall fail together.
For thus hath the LORD spoken unto me, Like as the lion and the young lion roaring onhis prey, when a multitude of shepherds is called forth against him, he will not be afraidof their voice, nor abase himself for the noise of them: so shall the LORD of hosts comedown to fight for mount Zion, and for the hill thereof.
Proverbs 20:3
It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.
 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife:
And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together.
And there was a strife between the herdmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdmen of Lot’s cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land.
And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.
Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilttake the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then Iwill go to the left.
but every fool will be meddling.
I Timothy5:13
And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not onlyidle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.
Proverbs 20:4
The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg inharvest, and have nothing.

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