Bible Verses About Alcohol


Ephesians 5:18

ESVAnd do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,
KJVAnd be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
NASBAnd do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,
NIVDo not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,
NLTDon’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit,
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Proverbs 20:1

ESVWine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
KJVWine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
NASBWine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, And whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise.
NIVWine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
NLTWine produces mockers; alcohol leads to brawls. Those led astray by drink cannot be wise.
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1 Timothy 5:23

ESV(No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.)
KJVDrink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities.
NASBNo longer drink water exclusively, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.
NIVStop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.
NLTDon’t drink only water. You ought to drink a little wine for the sake of your stomach because you are sick so often.

“The Bible has a different view of how we first get involved in addictions. Instead of explaining the overpowering urge for [something] as a disease, the Bible talks about our motivations and desires, forces so powerful that they can take over our lives. The Bible says that we first choose our addictions, and only then do our addictions choose us.” ~ Edward Welch

Romans 14:21

ESVIt is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble.
KJVIt is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.
NASBIt is good not to eat meat or to drink wine, or to do anything by which your brother stumbles.
NIVIt is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall.
NLTIt is better not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything else if it might cause another believer to stumble.

“Whereas the Bible explicitly forbids drunkenness, it nowhere requires total abstinence. Make no mistake: total abstinence from alcohol is great. As a Christian you are certainly free to adopt that as a lifestyle. But you are not free to condemn those who choose to drink in moderation. You may discuss with them the wisdom of such a choice and the practical consequences of it, but you cannot condemn them as sub-spiritual or as falling short of God’s best.” ~ Sam Storms

Isaiah 5:11

ESVWoe to those who rise early in the morning, that they may run after strong drink, who tarry late into the evening as wine inflames them!
KJVWoe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!
NASBWoe to those who rise early in the morning that they may pursue strong drink, Who stay up late in the evening that wine may inflame them!
NIVWoe to those who rise early in the morning to run after their drinks, who stay up late at night till they are inflamed with wine.
NLTWhat sorrow for those who get up early in the morning looking for a drink of alcohol and spend long evenings drinking wine to make themselves flaming drunk.

Isaiah 5:22

ESVWoe to those who are heroes at drinking wine, and valiant men in mixing strong drink,
KJVWoe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:
NASBWoe to those who are heroes in drinking wine And valiant men in mixing strong drink,
NIVWoe to those who are heroes at drinking wine and champions at mixing drinks,
NLTWhat sorrow for those who are heroes at drinking wine and boast about all the alcohol they can hold.

1 Timothy 3:8

ESVDeacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain.
KJVLikewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;
NASBDeacons likewise must be men of dignity, not double-tongued, or addicted to much wine or fond of sordid gain,
NIVIn the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain.
NLTIn the same way, deacons must be well respected and have integrity. They must not be heavy drinkers or dishonest with money.

Galatians 5:21

ESVEnvy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
KJVEnvyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
NASBenvying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
NIVand envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
NLTenvy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

Ecclesiastes 9:11

ESVGo, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do.
KJVI returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
NASBI again saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift and the battle is not to the warriors, and neither is bread to the wise nor wealth to the discerning nor favor to men of ability; for time and chance overtake them all.
NIVI have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.
NLTI have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time.

Romans 13:13

ESVLet us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy.
KJVLet us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
NASBLet us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy.
NIVLet us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.
NLTBecause we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don’t participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarreling and jealousy.

Daniel Isaiah Joseph

Daniel's seminary degree is in Exegetical Theology. He was a pastor for 10 years. As a professor, he has taught Bible and theology courses at two Christian universities. Please see the About page for details.

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