One is either BLAMELESS or what? Blameful? Blameish? Blamable maybe. How about guilty?
Yes, I think we are either BLAMELESS or guilty. You may notice that the passage today is a continuation of yesterday's section about ADULTERY, but after describing the terrible things that happen to its participants, these lines are a breath of relief for those who refrain. The "upright" will not become refugees, and the BLAMELESS get to keep their place!
"Oh Lord, I know I am guilty of offending you, but having been forgiven in Jesus' name, I know you now see me, as BLAMELESS!"
BEER certainly has many different effects on people, but one of them is to cause much brawling. How many bar fights would break out if there was no beer in the bar? Well I suppose there might be some if the tap ran out early, but the cause there too could be traced back to beer.
There are happy drunks and funny drunks and sweet drunks and sleepy drunks, among the rowdy fighting drunks, but the one thing they all have in common is that they are not being themselves. They have rejected themselves and allowed another "spirit", as it were, to lead them where they would not otherwise go. And as the Proverb says, that place is generally "astray".
Notice that being led astray is not quite the same as being ambushed and kidnapped! It is far more subtle, and takes much more discretion and sensitivity to be avoided.
Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler;
whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
"Again Father, we need your WISDOM so as to be led straight, and not astray."
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