ABC:Proverbs 31

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Verse 6[edit]

Jim Meritt of seems to think a contradiction is here, asking "Strong drink?"[1]

Proverbs 31:6 Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.
7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.

John 2:1 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:
2 And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.
3 And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.
4 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
6 And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.
7 Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.
8 And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.
9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,
10 And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.
11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

What Meritt was thinking in claiming this a contradiction I have absolutely no idea. First of all, there appears no reason for thinking the wine involved in John 2 is specifically "strong" drink. Secondly, Proverbs 31 is a commandment for those of weary hearts to drink, rather than not to drink, so why it would contradict John 2 Meritt doesn't explain. It never says those who don't have weary hearts shouldn't drink, which perhaps would be Meritt's extremely faulty reasoning. At any rate, it's unclear what sort of thought process could have been occurring for Meritt to claim this as a contradiction.


  1. Meritt, Jim (1992). A list of Biblical contradictions. Retrieved from