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(Proverbs 4:17 NIV)  "They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence."

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

(Proverbs 21:17 NIV)  "He who loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich."

(Proverbs 23:29-35 NIV)  "Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? {30} Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed wine. {31} Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly! {32} In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper. {33} Your eyes will see strange sights and your mind imagine confusing things. {34} You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the rigging. {35} "They hit me," you will say, "but I'm not hurt! They beat me, but I don't feel it! When will I wake up so I can find another drink?""

(Proverbs 23:29-35 TLB)  "Whose heart is filled with anguish and sorrow? Who is always fighting and quarreling? Who is the man with bloodshot eyes and many wounds? {30} It is the one who spends long hours in the taverns, trying out new mixtures. {31} Don't let the sparkle and the smooth taste of strong wine deceive you. {32} For in the end it bites like a poisonous serpent; it stings like an adder. {33} You will see hallucinations and have delirium tremens, and you will say foolish, silly things that would embarrass you no end when sober. {34} You will stagger like a sailor tossed at sea, clinging to a swaying mast. {35} And afterwards you will say, "I didn't even know it when they beat me up. . . . Let's go and have another drink!""

(Isaiah 5:11-12 TLB)  "Woe to you who get up early in the morning to go on long drinking bouts that last till late at night--woe to you drunken bums. {12} You furnish lovely music at your grand parties; the orchestras are superb! But for the Lord you have no thought or care."

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