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Proverbs 20:1

    Proverbs 20:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler; And whosoever erreth thereby is not wise.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Wine makes men foolish, and strong drink makes men come to blows; and whoever comes into error through these is not wise.

    Webster's Revision

    Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler; And whosoever erreth thereby is not wise.

    World English Bible

    Wine is a mocker, and beer is a brawler. Whoever is led astray by them is not wise.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler; and whosoever erreth thereby is not wise.

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 20:1

    Wine is a mocker - It deceives by its fragrance, intoxicates by its strength, and renders the intoxicated ridiculous.

    Strong drink - שכר shechar, any strong fermented liquor, whether of the vine, date, or palm species.

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 20:1

    "Wine" and "strong drink" are personified as themselves doing what they make men do. The latter (see Leviticus 10:9 note) is here, probably, the "palm-wine" of Syria.

    Wesley's Notes on Proverbs 20:1

    20:1 A mocker - Wine immoderately drunk makes men mockers. Raging - Makes men full of rage.