Wise Saying #15
“Hear, my son, and be wise, and direct your heart in the way. Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags.” (23:19-21)
Among the virtues which flow from the fear of God, self-control is one of the most prominent (cf. Acts 24:25; 1 Corinthians 9:24-25; Galatians 5:23; 2 Peter 1:6). Thus, the Wiseman calls for us to keep our hearts on the right course by not carousing with drunkards and gluttons lest we learn their unrestrained, self-indulgent ways. Their full bellies lead to empty lives. We’ve seen it time and time again, people whose lives consist of one party or one purchase after another. They always struggle financially, and worst of all they’re spiritually impoverished; all because they refuse to restrain their lustful passions. Our country is a land of plenty; therefore, it is a prime breeding ground for corrupting excess. So friends, do not be deceived into thinking you can associate with the self-indulgent and not learn their soul-damning ways (cf. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11). For the apostle said, “Bad company ruins good morals” (1 Corinthians 15:33). Oh God, “lead us not into temptation but deliver from evil.”
Today’s wise saying is closely associated with Saying #14.
This week’s theme is: The Thirty Sayings of the Wiseman