Sirach 31:25-32:2 Revised Standard Version (RSV)
Temperance in Drinking Wine
25 Do not aim to be valiant over wine,
for wine has destroyed many.
26 Fire and water prove the temper of steel,
so wine tests hearts in the strife of the proud.
27 Wine is like life to men,
if you drink it in moderation.
What is life to a man who is without wine?
It has been created to make men glad.
28 Wine drunk in season and temperately
is rejoicing of heart and gladness of soul.
29 Wine drunk to excess is bitterness of soul,
with provocation and stumbling.
30 Drunkenness increases the anger of a fool to his injury,
reducing his strength and adding wounds.
31 Do not reprove your neighbor at a banquet of wine,
and do not despise him in his merrymaking;
speak no word of reproach to him,
and do not afflict him by making demands of him.
Etiquette at a Banquet
32 If they make you master of the feast, do not exalt yourself;
be among them as one of them;
take good care of them and then be seated;
2 when you have fulfilled your duties, take your place,
that you may be merry on their account
and receive a wreath for your excellent leadership.
Revised Standard Version (RSV)
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