(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.”