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Booze & the Bible Defining Wine:

Greek Transliteration oinos Strong's no. 3631 Meaning[58] the common word translated "wine" in the New Testament and Septuagint.[14][59] Biblical appearances New Testament[60] and Septuagint (corresponding to masoretic tirosh,[61] chemer,[62] shekar,[63] sobhe,[64] shemarim, [65] and 'asis[66])[67] New Testament[69] and Septuagint[70] New Testament[72] and Septuagint[73][74] New Testament[77] and Septuagint[78]

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"sweet wine" (sometimes rendered "new wine"), which was intoxicating.[14][68] a Hebrew loanword from shekar meaning "strong drink."[71] vinegar, sour wine; could be made from grape wine or other fermented beverages; when mixed with water, it was a common, cheap drink of the poor and of the Roman army[41][42][75][76] an intoxicating drink[79]

Septuagint only (corresponding to masoretic tirosh on a single occasion,[80] and to shekar on all others[81])[82]

Positive Verses about wine: Psalm 104:15f: "[The Lord] makes ... plants for man to cultivate bringing forth food from the earth: wine that gladdens the heart of man, oil to make his face shine, and bread that sustains his heart." Ecclesiastes 9:7: "Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for it is now that God favors what you do." Medicinal use: Alcohol was used in ancient times for various medicinal ends, and the Bible refers to some of these practices. It was likely used as an anaesthetic to dull pain, and many interpreters suggest that it was in this capacity that wines were offered to Jesus at his crucifixion.[103][132] In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus tells a story about a man from Samaria who assists an injured man by, among other things, pouring oil and wine on his wounds. Oil mixed with wine was a common remedy in the ancient world to cleanse wounds and assuage their pain.[133]

Paul advises Timothy that he should not drink water only, but should use a little wine for the sake of his stomach and frequent infirmities. Some have suggested this advice is particularly in reference to purifying low quality drinking water,[134] while others suggest it was simply intended to help his digestion and general sickliness.[135] Abstentionists generally regard this passage as a positive example of abstention from wine and see Paul's instructions as exceptional and purely for the sake of health, while other interpreters suggest that Timothy was "upright in his aims" but here guilty of an "excess of severity"[2][136] or that he felt inappropriately bound by a Hellenistic custom that younger men should not drink.[137] Verses about drunkeness: Proverbs 23:20f: "Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags." Isaiah 5:11-12: "Woe 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. They have harps and lyres at their banquets, tambourines and flutes and wine, but they have no regard for the deeds of the LORD, no respect for the work of his hands." Galatians 5:1921: "The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: ... 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." Ephesians 5:18: "Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit." 1Co 11:2022 Verses about gluttony: Stats about pop and world hunger: JP History of wine and juice: Time of grape crop and the time of the passover: Water to wine John 2:1-10(2:9) The drunk apostles Acts 2:1-15(2:13) This is the form of the word that supposedly means juice. It means sweet or new wine, but still wine. Perhaps it had a lower alcohol content, (check this out) but if so then why did the onlookers think that the apostles had become drunk on too much juice? With privileges come responsibilities:

-dont cause a brother to stumble -fine line between appropriate use and abuse -know your own limits (dont drink at all if you cant do so without sinning) walking the line (the christian walk) -in all things it is possible to sin and to be righteous. We cannot hope to avoid every area of life that contains possibility for sin, instead we must do all things as christ would do them, this means you will make mistakes, yes, but that is a part of life. - 1 Corinthians 10:31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.