Solomon’s Proverbs – Should you drink wine?

I have always been fascinated by the wisdom of the ancient King of Israel, King Solomon, and the bible says he was the wisest man who has ever lived. I remember writing a short summary of what he studied during his life, and I declared that no man who has ever lived had a better resume that him. In an article called ‘God created science’ I said King Solomon was a “Botanist, Zoologist, Ornithologist, Herpetologist and Ichthyologist, and a song writer of 1 005 songs…..who also wrote 3000 proverbs”. And I asked if there ever has been a man with a better resume, and somebody said Leonardo Da Vinci’s resume was as impressive if not better. In this series, I would be looking at some of the most fascinating proverbs and teachings that King Solomon has ever written. 

Should you drink wine and other alcoholic drinks? Solomon answers this question and says “do not gaze wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly” (Proverbs 23:31). I know people who have wine with their food and it’s a family tradition, but Solomon says “look not upon the wine”. It’s the same Solomon that said “the eye never has enough of seeing” (Ecclesiastes 1:8). Solomon makes it clear that we should not even look at wine and lust after it. People will ask what’s wrong with drinking wine, especially if they don’t get drunk on it. Solomon says “in the end it (wine) bites like a snake and poisons like a viper” (Proverbs 23:32). Every alcoholic started first by drinking just a little alcohol, but their taste buds got poisoned by alcohol to the point where they can’t live without drinking.

Solomon calls all people who drink wine, beers and all forms of alcohol as foolish. He says “wine is a mocker and beer is a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise” (Proverbs 20:1). Reality is that alcohol leads people astray. Not only does alcohol promise people happiness, but it repays them with sorrows, strife, complaints, needless bruises, and redness of eyes. It is alcohol that has caused a lot of young women to lose their virginity to guys they never even loved, all because alcohol made their “mind imagine confusing things” (Proverbs 23:33). A very high number of divorces have been caused directly or indirectly by alcohol. There are wives who hate pay days because they know that it’s the day when they won’t see their husbands until the next morning, as alcohol will be consuming their husbands’ lives. There are children who lock themselves in their rooms, as soon as they smell alcohol in their father’s mouth. They know that when daddy smells of alcohol, then all hell will break loose, so it’s better to lock themselves in the room and shut the ears. Amazingly, the first thing these children do when they grow up is make friends with alcohol and do the same things their fathers did. While growing up, I saw the devastation that alcohol can do to a family, especially the children. A late friend of mine was so abused by his father while drunk, that he grew up hating his father. One day when we were in our late teenage years, he stood up to his father and gave him a hiding, but this didn’t stop this friend of mine from being led astray by alcohol.

Alcohol’s purpose is to begin a circle of addiction that will never end. People drink the whole night, sleep late, wakes up early with a headache, then drink some more alcohol to ease the headache, and the whole process starts again and again. Solomon says drunk people in their sleep say “when will I wake up so I can find another drink” (Proverbs 23:35). It is at this point when alcohol has poisoned them like a viper, and there’s no going back. Unfortunately in Africa, alcohol goes hand in hand with sexually transmitted diseases, which is why I’m so grateful that God rescued me from my sinful life when He did. I know a dozen people who would still be alive today had alcohol not led them astray. It made them “see strange sights” and led them into the arms of death, and today they are no more.

Most importantly, the bible says “do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery” (Ephesians 5:18), and “no drunkard will inherit the Kingdom of God” (see 1 Corinthians 6:9-10). If you drink alcohol, then you can be sure that when you die you will go straight to hell, which means that you need to repent from your drinking as it’s an abomination to God.

(It has to noted though that the bible allows wine drinking if it’s for medical purposes, see 1 Timothy 5:23).



  1. Michelle Yook said

    I am glad I came to find this article after I decided to read one chapter of Proverb every day. I was surprised when Solomon mentioned this because I have seen how alcoholism is destroying many families in America even my family. It is really sad. I realize alcoholism runs through generations. Thank you for posting this article.

  2. Wizzard said

    What a load of utter .
    You are so crawled with your peculiar views of god, the bible and things related, that one has to consider you to be demented.
    Factual misrepresentations don’t aid your crusade either.

    If there is a hell, you’re heading straight for it, and no-one will weep.

  3. You possibly didn’t understand that alcohol drastically reduces the firmness of your muscles. So when you are breathing and throat muscles sag on account of alcoholic intake, you are unable to breathe properly because the muscles block your airways.

  4. This is dramatically stupid. I wish I hadn’t even seen it. I came by it hoping for the verses that solomon speaks on drinking, instead I get the rote silliness of alcohol is evil. I can’t even laugh about how utterly stupid this is. Jesus’ first miracle was wine and if you celebrate passover (as is never said not to and is customary for jewish people and many christians do) you must drink 4 glasses of wine.
    Addiction is wrong and being a drunk is wrong, but the scriptures you use to command people are allegorical poetry, not the ten commandments. Get a theology that makes sense with the rest of scripture. Don’t just vomit you predisposed opinions as though they were fact.

    • Jamaaly Mall said

      This is what the bible says about drinking. It doesn’t say Do not drink it. It says its not wise to drink it.

      Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler;
      whoever is led astray by them is not wise.

      Proverbs 12:1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
      but whoever hates correction is stupid.

    • Jstark said

      Thank you Joshua. You have it correct. It is not he wine itself but when too much is consumed and it begins to “bite like an Adar or viper,” stop a couple of glasses before. Do not be impaired. I wonder why Timothy was told to drink a little wine for his stomach’s sake if ti is forbidden in total.

      Rev. Dr. Jstark

      • Jstark said

        Sorry for the typos, Joshua. I must have been under the influence of others’ ignorance while replying to your post:)

        Rev. Dr. Jstark

  5. Jamaaly Mall said

    This is what the bible says about drinking. It doesn’t say Do not drink it. It says its not wise to drink it.

    Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler;
    whoever is led astray by them is not wise.

    Proverbs 12:1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
    but whoever hates correction is stupid.

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  7. One of the Miami7-4Him said

    Then why did Jesus turn water into wine?

    And Solomon also spoke about wine in Ecclesiastes, you might want to check that out too…
    Let us pray “to be self-controlled & alert” and “not to get drunk on wine for that is dissipation but to be filled with the Spirit…”

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