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SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)


Sources Of Ruin For Our Lives: Lacking Self-Control: Proverbs 23:20-22

20) Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:
21) For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe [a man] with rags.
22) Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.


Solomon now shares with us teachings on many different sins that can ruin our lives…



Solomon continues to speak lovingly to us, as a father would speak to a son, addressing the sin of lacking self-control…

20) Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:

1.  We should not be numbered among those are known as drunkards,

2.  or those who eat food uncontrollably.

Both of these types of individuals lack the ability to control themselves as they satisfy the desires of their flesh.

For the time past of [our] life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:  Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with [them] to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of [you]:  Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.”   (1 Peter 4:3-5)

Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.  But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.”   (1 Corinthians 5:10-11)

Throughout the Scriptures, Christians are to have their fleshly desires under control at all times….

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”   (1 Peter 5:8)


21) For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe [a man] with rags.

Why avoid the sin of uncontrolled fleshly desires?

1.  Those who drink to the point of drunkenness and eat to the point of gluttony will end up poverty stricken.

2.  Those who continually rest to the point of laziness will only have rags to wear as clothing.

When a person is controlled by their fleshly desires for food, drink and sleep, they will no longer be giving adequate attention to their responsibilities of life.  They will become slaves to their desires always putting their fleshly satisfaction ahead of their other needs.

Please note: our flesh’s need for liquids, foods, and rest are not sinful.  It is only when our desire for those things becomes the controlling force in our life, that they become sinful.   This list can also include the physical desire for sexual intimacy.  When these desires become our masters, they become our sinful acts as well.

(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, [that they are] the enemies of the cross of Christ:  Whose end [is] destruction, whose God [is their] belly, and [whose] glory [is] in their shame, who mind earthly things.)  For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:  Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.”   (Philippians 3:18-21)

22) Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.

1.  We are to listen with our attention to the instructions given to us by our physical and spiritual father.

2.  We are to not put aside our mother’s instructions when she becomes old.

In both of these cases, great words of wisdom can be learned, when our parents share experiences and life lessons they have learned. Many times, one of the chief lessons that they will teach us is the need to be diligent in our labors and controlled in our demeanor.   Keep in mind, if our parents are Godly people they will love us and only desire what is for our good.  Therefore, the advice and counsel they give us can be counted upon as sincere and meant for our benefit.

For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:” 

 (Mark 7:10)



What better summary for the lesson for today than …

Therefore let us not sleep, as [do] others; but let us watch and be sober.  For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.  But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.  For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,  Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.”   (1 Thessalonians 5:6-10)


By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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  1. Yes, this is indeed truth. Had to learn it the hard way. Sigh…

  2. journeyofjoy says:

    SO rich!! Thank you so much… I loved this!!

  3. My Tropical Home says:

    A timely reminder. Out here in my part of the world, we are seeing how the lack of self-control in a handful of influential people has caused suffering and great hardship among so many. Have a blessed weekend.

  4. SLIMJIM says:

    Thanks for this study, although I’ve never heard heard of the term winebibber until I read this devotional tonight.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      It is probably a term used mostly in the KJV and those versions closely related to it. I did notice many other versions translate it “drunkard” or “heavy drinker”… The Old English is a very interesting language. It always fascinates me how the words and phrases change with the passage of time. Lord bless you.

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