An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Woe, First Verse

(Proverbs 23:29 KJV)  Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?

In case you are not paying attention, this is the beginning of a section on the evils of drunkenness.  This is quite a list.  Disclaimer:  I don’t drink anything alcoholic and I never have done more than taste a few variations.  You could put all of the alcohol I have consumed in a twelve ounce can.

But even I know that alcohol creates “woe” (190).  This is the only place this word is used in the masculine but it is frequent in the feminine.  I don’t know how to read that.  The point is that alcohol is a path to desperation.

There are many things in life that are not necessarily sin in themselves but they open the door to abuse and escalation.  It is better to not start than to be unable to stop.

So?  Don’t let “Woe is me!” become the second verse of “One drink won’t hurt me.” 

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