29 Who has (A)woe? Who has sorrow?
Who has contentions? Who has complaining?
Who has wounds without cause?
Who has red eyes?
30 Those who (B)linger long over wine,
Those who go to [a]taste (C)mixed wine.
31 Do not look at wine when it is red,
When it [b]sparkles in the cup,
When it (D)goes down smoothly;
32 In the end it (E)bites like a snake
And stings like a (F)viper.
33 Your eyes will see strange things
And your [c]mind will (G)say perverse things.
34 And you will be like one who lies down in the [d]middle of the sea,
Or like one who lies down on the top of a [e]mast.
35 “They (H)struck me, but I did not become [f]ill;
They beat me, but I did not know it.
When will I awake?
I will (I)seek [g]another drink.”

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  1. Proverbs 23:30 Or search out
  2. Proverbs 23:31 Lit gives its eye
  3. Proverbs 23:33 Lit heart
  4. Proverbs 23:34 Lit heart
  5. Proverbs 23:34 Or lookout
  6. Proverbs 23:35 I.e., from the effect of wounds
  7. Proverbs 23:35 Lit it yet again

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