Living for Something Greater Than the Moment – Proverbs 23:20

Proverbs 23:20 "Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:"

This is part of Solomon’s exhortation to his son

  1. to be wise,
  1. to guide his heart/attitude in God’s way,
  1. to practice self-control, and
  1. to avoid the wrong crowd.

Note we have control over our attitudes. Life really is 10% of what happens to us and 90% of how we respond to it. Solomon realized the powerful influence bad manners have on good manners. He gave his son a mandate to not be among winebibbers/drunks and gluttons because otherwise he would become like them and come to poverty (Prov. 23:21).

Winebibber (H5433, H3196) – H5433 -a primitive root; to quaff to satiety, i.e. become tipsy :- drunkard, fill self, Sabean, [wine-] bibber.

H3196 – from an unused root meaning to effervesce; wine (as fermented); by implication intoxication :- banqueting, wine, wine [-bibber]. – Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines "quaff" and "satiety" as the following:

Quaff – "To drink; to swallow in large draughts. To drink largely or luxuriously."

Satiety – "Properly, fullness of gratification, either of the appetite or any sensual desire; but it usually implies fullness beyond desire; an excess of gratification which excites wearisomeness or loathing; state of being glutted."

Riotous eaters (H2151) – to be loose morally, worthless, or prodigal, blow down, glutton, vile. – Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries

This is the same Hebrew word translated as glutton in the next verse when Solomon says the glutton will come to poverty (Prov. 23:20)

As we are in the holiday season, practice self-control. Do not have the unrestrained partier attitude. Solomon urged his son, not to live for the moment, but to live for something greater than the moment, God himself.

For me, it is really easy to get my focus on how I can best please myself rather than seeking to please the Lord and others. While it is good to have a good time, do not live for the good time. I have found that the truly good times come as a result of putting the Lord and others first before myself. God didn’t design us to be self-pleasers but to be God pleasers. When we are self-pleasers we really mess things up. We mess up things, not only for ourselves, but also for others.

Let’s keep in mind Romans 15:2 during this Christmas season and ask the Lord to help us to have a God and others focus. Let’s remember not to have the selfish, uncontrolled, attitude of the winebibber and glutton.

Romans 15:2 "Let every one of us please his neighbor for his good to edification."

How are you going to edify others today?


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