On the third day it was Pharaoh’s birthday, so he gave a feast for all his servants. He “lifted up” 1 the head of the chief cupbearer and the head of the chief baker in the midst of his servants.
So they provided money 1 for the masons and carpenters, and food, beverages, and olive oil for the people of Sidon 2 and Tyre, 3 so that they would bring cedar timber from Lebanon to the seaport 4 at Joppa, in accord with the edict of King Cyrus of Persia.
Then 1 tell them, ‘The Lord says, “I will soon fill all the people who live in this land with stupor. 2 I will also fill the kings from David’s dynasty, 3 the priests, the prophets, and the citizens of Jerusalem with stupor. 4
“I will make her officials and wise men drunk, along with her governors, leaders, 1 and warriors. They will fall asleep forever and never wake up,” 2 says the King whose name is the Lord who rules over all. 3
But you will become drunk 1 with shame, not majesty. 2 Now it is your turn to drink and expose your uncircumcised foreskin! 3 The cup of wine in the Lord’s right hand 4 is coming to you, and disgrace will replace your majestic glory!
In the same way, he also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, every time you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
For the time that has passed was sufficient for you to do what the non-Christians 1 desire. 2 You lived then 3 in debauchery, evil desires, drunkenness, carousing, drinking bouts, 4 and wanton idolatries. 5
She made a vow saying, “O Lord of hosts, if you will look with compassion 1 on the suffering of your female servant, 2 remembering me and not forgetting your servant, and give a male child 3 to your servant, then I will dedicate him to the Lord all the days of his life. His hair will never be cut.” 4
When Abigail went back to Nabal, he was holding a banquet in his house like that of the king. Nabal was having a good time 1 and was very intoxicated. She told him absolutely nothing 2 until morning’s light.
Uriah replied to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah reside in temporary shelters, and my lord Joab and my lord’s soldiers are camping in the open field. Should I go to my house to eat and drink and have marital relations 1 with my wife? As surely as you are alive, 2 I will not do this thing!”
I am presently eighty years old. Am I able to discern good and bad? Can I 1 taste what I eat and drink? Am I still able to hear the voices of male and female singers? Why should I 2 continue to be a burden to my lord the king?
When the men with a skin disease reached the edge of the camp, they entered a tent and had a meal. 1 They also took some silver, gold, and clothes and went and hid it all. 2 Then they went back and entered another tent. They looted it 3 and went and hid what they had taken.
Please, 1 O Lord, listen attentively 2 to the prayer of your servant and to the prayer of your servants who take pleasure in showing respect 3 to your name. Grant your servant success today and show compassion to me 4 in the presence of this man.” Now 5 I was cupbearer for the king.
I have seen personally what is the only beneficial and appropriate course of action for people: 1 to eat and drink, 2 and find enjoyment in all their 3 hard work 4 on earth 5 during the few days of their life which God has given them, for this is their reward. 6