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Top Bible Verses and Quotes about Alcohol

bible verses about alcohol

alcohol [ al-kuh-hawl, -hol ]

Also called: Wine

Intoxicating drink, such as wine or beer.

Top Bible Verses about Alcohol

Proverbs 20:1

Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and any who go astray by it are not wise. Read Proverbs 20:1

Isaiah 28:7

And these also stagger because of wine and stagger because of strong drink; priest and prophet stagger because of strong drink; they are confused because of wine. They stagger because of strong drink; they err in vision. They stagger in the rendering of a decision, Read Isaiah 28:7

Luke 7:33–34

For John the Baptist has come not eating bread or drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon!’ The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Behold, a man who is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Read Luke 7:33–34

John 2:6–11

Now six stone water jars were set there, in accordance with the ceremonial cleansing of the Jews, each holding two or three measures. Jesus said to them, “Fill the water jars with water.” And they filled them to the brim. And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the head steward. So they took it. Now when the head steward tasted the water which had become wine and did not know where it was from—but the servants who had drawn the water knew—the head steward summoned the bridegroom … Read John 2:6–11

1 Timothy 5:23

(No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach and your frequent illnesses.) Read 1 Timothy 5:23

Famous Christian Quotes About Alcohol, Wine

Using and Misusing Material Blessings

Ivory and gold and riches of all kinds are certainly blessings of divine providence, not only permitted, but expressly designed for the use of men; nor are we anywhere prohibited to laugh, or to be satiated with food, or to annex new possessions to those already enjoyed by ourselves or by our ancestors, or to be delighted with musical harmony, or to drink wine. This indeed is true; but amidst an abundance of all things, to be immersed in sensual delights, to inebriate the heart and mind with present pleasures, and perpetually to grasp at new ones, these things are very remote from a legitimate use of the divine blessings.

—John Calvin

Condemn Drunkenness, Not Wine

When other men sin, do you find fault with God’s gifts? And what great madness is this? What? Did the wine produce this evil? Not the wine, but the intemperance of those who take an evil delight in it. Say then, “Would there were no drunkenness, no luxury.” But if you say, “Would there were no wine,” you will say, going on by degrees, “Would there were no steel,” because of the murderers; “no night,” because of the thieves; “no light,” because of the informers; “no women,” because of adulteries. And, in a word, you will destroy all.

—John Chrysostom

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