T would be easy enough to harp on the last seven verses of this chapter. And truly, the woes of alcohol abuse are clearly depicted in those verses. Additionally, if we are interested in decrying the dangers of imbibing, Proverbs 23:20 & 21 add even more fuel to that fire. But notice the rest of verses 20 & 21. Not surprisingly, there is another sin that is coupled with drunkenness. It is that slightly less obvious vice known (in the Scripture) as gluttony. Notice also that this chapter begins by addressing ill-advised eating habits. While nine verses are given to forbidding drunkenness, eight verses in this same chapter address the dangers of edible temptations.
Why, you might ask, would I choose to emphasize gluttony here? I certainly have no desire or reason to soften God's injunctions against drunkenness. However, I don't personally ever recall being strongly tempted by alcohol. On the other hand, I'm frequently tempted with food, especially chocolate. (I have to wonder if the tree of the knowledge of good and evil had chocolate on it?)
We tend to smile, laugh and crack jokes when speaking of gluttony in a religious context. But be assured, with God, it is no joke. Numbers 11:32 & 33 show both the evil that is behind gluttony as well as God's serious disgust at our indulgences. Besides that, 1st Corinthians 10:31 reminds us that we are to glorify God even with our eating. And no surprise either, what did Christ do before meals? What are we taught to do before eating? We are supposed to express our gratitude and ask for God’s blessings upon our food and our consumption of it.