The (Good) Book on wine

There are scores of references to wine in the Bible, most of them favorable, even if they don’t start out that way. Among my favorites:

• “Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.”
Proverbs, 31:6-7 

•  “Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath Adderredness of eyes?  They that tarry long at the wine.  At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
“Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.  Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.  They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake?
“I will seek it yet again.” —  Proverbs 23:29

• “Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for it is now that God favours what you do.” — Ecclesiastes 9:7

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