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|823||TEMPERANCE||Titus 2, Proverbs 20, 23, and|
1 Corinthians 9, RSV
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Bid the. older men be temperate, serious,
sensible, sound in faith, in love,
and in steadfastness.
Bid the older women likewise
to be reverent in behavior,
not to be slanderers or slaves to drink;
they are to teach what is good,
and so train the young women
to love their husbands and children....
Likewise urge the younger men
to control themselves.
Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler;
and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
Who has strife? Who has complaining?
Who has wounds without cause?
Who has redness of eyes?
Those who tarry long over wine,
those who go to try mixed wine.
Do not look at wine when it is red,
when it sparkles in the cup
and goes down smoothly.
At the last it bites like a serpent,
and stings like an adder.
Every athlete exercises self-control in all things.
They do it to receive a perishable wreath,
but we an imperishable.
For the grace of God has appeared
for the salvation of all men,
training us to renounce irreligion
and worldly passions,
and to live sober, upright,
and godly lives in this world,
awaiting our blessed hope,
the appearing of the glory
Of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.