Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise. ~Proverbs 20:1 NIV
This verse is a simple reminder that wine and beer are dangerous.
They’re described as a mocker and a brawler. Just let them get out of hand, and both will pick fights with you, whether or not you want one.
“Mock” and “brawl” both have specific meanings:
Mock: to laugh at or make fun of (someone or something), especially by copying an action or a way of behaving or speaking, or to criticize and laugh at (someone or something) for being bad, worthless, or unimportant.
Brawl: to fight noisily, usually in a public place.
Sounds like a person asking for trouble, doesn’t it?
But this verse doesn’t strictly prohibit drinking. The second half of the passage says, “whoever is led astray by them is not wise.” If we are seeking wisdom, we won’t be “led astray” by them.
The Bible is full of examples for us on the subject of drinking. They have been used both for and against it. But Romans 14:17 says, “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit…”
Regardless of your intentions, beer, wine, and other hard liquor does present challenges. Face them wisely.