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Alcohol in the Bible: 48 Scriptures

The question of whether Christians should consume alcoholic beverages often arises. It's essential to approach this topic with a heart open to God's leading. In the following discussions, I will share my perspective and the insights God has laid upon my heart regarding this matter. However, our starting point should always be carefully examining alcohol in the Bible.

To facilitate this exploration, I've compiled a list of 48 Bible verses about drinking alcohol, drawing from both the Old and New Testaments. I encourage you to embark on this journey with an open mind and a receptive spirit, allowing the Holy Spirit to give you understanding as you read these verses.

As you walk through these Scriptures, consider how they shed light on drinking alcohol from a biblical perspective. I hope this examination serves as a source of wisdom and discernment, guiding you on your path of faith. Together, let's seek to understand this important aspect of our Christian walk through the lens of God's Word.

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Exploring Alcohol in the Bible

Isaiah 5:11 - Woe to those who rise up early in the morning that they may pursue strong drink; who continue late in the evening until wine inflames them!

Bible Warns About Wine - Proverbs 20:1

Proverbs 20:1 - Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging, and whoever is deceived by it is not wise.

1 Peter 4:7 - The end of all things is near. Therefore be solemn and sober so you can pray.

Isaiah 5:22 - Woe to those who are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink,

1 Corinthians 10:31 - Therefore, whether you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God.

Genesis 27:28 - Therefore, may God give you of the dew of heaven and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of grain and new wine.

Ecclesiastes 2:3 - I investigated how to cheer up my body with wine, while my heart was still guiding me with wisdom, in order to grasp folly until I might experience what is good for sons of men to do under heaven during the number of days that they might have life.

Leviticus 10:8-11 - The Lord spoke to Aaron, saying: 9 Do not drink wine nor strong drink, you or your sons with you, when you go into the tent of meeting, lest you die. It shall be a perpetual statute throughout your generations, 10 so that you may differentiate between what is holy and common and between what is unclean and clean. 11 And so you may teach the children of Israel all the statutes that the Lord has spoken to them by the hand of Moses.

Ecclesiastes 10:17 - Happy are you, O land, when your king is from nobility, and your princes are feasting at the appropriate time— with self-control and not drunkenness!

Bible Warns About Strong Drink - Isaiah 5:22

1 Corinthians 6:10 - nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

Joel 3:3 - They have cast lots for My people, and have traded a boy for a prostitute; they have sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.

Proverbs 21:17 - He who loves pleasure will be a poor man; he who loves wine and oil will not be rich.

Proverbs 23:29-35 - Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has babbling? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? 30 Those who tarry long at the wine, those who go to seek mixed wine. 31 Do not look on the wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it swirls around smoothly; 32 at the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like a viper. 33 Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart will utter perverse things. 34 Yes, you will be as he who lies down in the midst of the sea, or as he who lies upon the top of a mast. 35 “They have stricken me,” you will say, “and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I did not feel it. When will I awake? I will seek it yet again.”

Isaiah 28:1 - Woe to the proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower which is at the head of the fertile valley of those who are overcome with wine!

Proverbs 31:4-5 - It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, nor for princes strong drink; 5 lest they drink and forget the law, and pervert the justice of any of the afflicted.

Judges 13:7 - He said to me, ‘You will conceive and bear a son. So now, do not drink wine or strong drink, and do not eat anything ritually unclean, for the boy will be a Nazirite to God from the womb until the day he dies.’ ”

Ezekiel 44:21 - Nor shall any priest drink wine when they enter the inner court.

Joel 1:5 - Awaken, drunkards, and weep! Wail, all wine-drinkers, because the sweet wine has been cut off from your lips.

Genesis 9:21 - Then he drank some of the wine and became drunk, and lay uncovered in his tent.

Galatians 5:19-21 - Now the works of the flesh are revealed, which are these: adultery, sexual immorality, impurity, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, strife, jealousy, rage, selfishness, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you, as I previously warned you, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Jeremiah 35:14 - The words of Jonadab the son of Rekab, that he commanded his sons not to drink wine, are performed. For to this day they drink none, but they obey their father’s commandment. However, I have spoken to you, rising early and speaking, but you did not obey Me.

Romans 13:11-14 - Furthermore, knowing the time, now is the moment to awake from sleep. For now our salvation is nearer than when we believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us take off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave properly, as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in immorality and wickedness, not in strife and envy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to fulfill its lusts.

1 Timothy 5:23 - No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach’s sake and your frequent illnesses.

Habakkuk 2:15-16 - “Woe to him who makes his neighbor drink, pouring out your poison until they are drunk, that you may look on their nakedness!” 16 You will be filled with shame instead of glory. You yourself—drink and show your uncircumcision! The cup of the Lord’s right hand will be turned against you, and utter shame will come on your glory!

1 Corinthians 5:11 - But I have written to you not to keep company with any man who is called a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner. Do not even eat with such a person.

Daniel 1:8 - But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s food, nor with the wine which he drank. Therefore he requested of the master of the officials that he might not defile himself.

Titus 2:3 - Likewise, older women should be reverent in behavior, and not be false accusers, not be enslaved to much wine, but teachers of good things,

Biblical Warning About Drinking - Romans 14:21

Romans 14:21 - It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine, nor do anything whereby your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak.

Proverbs 23:19-21 - Hear, my son, and be wise; and guide your heart in the way. 20 Do not be among winebibbers, among riotous eaters of meat; 21 for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and drowsiness will clothe a man with rags.

Isaiah 28:3 - The proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim is trodden under foot;

Hosea 4:10-11 - They will eat, but not be satisfied; they will play the whore, but not multiply, because they have forsaken the Lord by devoting themselves to 11 harlotry; wine and new wine take away understanding.

Ecclesiastes 9:7 - Go and eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a pleasant heart; for God is already pleased with your deeds.

Bible Verse About Drinking Wine - Ecclesiastes 9:7

1 Corinthians 6:12 - “All things are lawful to me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be brought under the power of anything.

Isaiah 28:7 - But they also have erred through wine and stagger from strong drink; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are confused by wine, they stagger from strong drink; they err while having visions, they stumble when rendering judgment.

Proverbs 31:6-7 - Give strong drink to him who is ready to perish, and wine to those who are of heavy hearts. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.

Luke 1:15 - For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.

1 Timothy 3:2-3 - An overseer then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, sober, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach; 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent, not greedy for money, but patient, not argumentative, not covetous

Titus 1:7 - For an overseer must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not easily angered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not greedy for dishonest gain,

Numbers 6:2-4 - Speak to the children of Israel and say to them: When either a man or woman will make a hard vow, the vow of a Nazirite, to separate themselves to the Lord, 3 he will separate himself from wine and strong drink and will drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink. Neither shall he drink any juice of grapes, nor eat fresh or dry grapes. 4 All the days of his separation he will eat nothing that is made of the grapevine, from the seed to the skin.

1 Corinthians 8:9 - But take heed, lest by any means this liberty of yours becomes a stumbling block to those who are weak.

Isaiah 24:9 - They shall not drink wine with song; strong drink shall be bitter to those who drink it.

Amos 9:14 - I will restore the fortunes of My people Israel; they will rebuild the ruined cities and inhabit them; they will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens and eat their fruit.

Judges 13:4 - Now be careful, I pray, that you drink no wine or strong drink and that you do not eat anything ritually unclean.

Amos 2:8 - They recline by every altar on garments taken in pledge, and in the house of their gods they drink the wine from those who have been fined.

Do not get drunk - Ephesians 5:18

Ephesians 5:18 - Do not be drunk with wine, for that is reckless living. But be filled with the Spirit.

Deuteronomy 21:20 - They shall say to the elders of his city, “This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious. He will not listen to us. He is a glutton and a drunkard.”

Deuteronomy 14:26 - Then you may spend that money for whatever your heart desires, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatever your heart desires, and you may eat there before the Lord your God, and you shall rejoice, you, and your household,

1 Peter 4:3 - For in earlier times of our lives it may have sufficed us to do what the Gentiles like to do, when we walked in immorality: lusts, drunkenness, carousing, debauchery, and abominable idolatries.

For more thoughts read this: What Does the Bible Say About Alcohol?

As you read through these scriptures about drinking alcohol, which one challenged or enlightened your perspective the most? How do you think these verses guide us in making wise and God-honoring choices regarding the consumption of alcoholic beverages in our lives today?

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This is very helpful to me in my walk with God

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Thanks for sharing. That is fantastic!

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