1. The only hope for correcting his stubborn attitude lies in beatings, which may or may not have the desired effect (19:25);
2. He has no respect for parents (19:26);
3. He will not listen to sound teaching (19:27);
4. He rejects all notions of right and wrong (19:28); and
5. Again, he gets beaten for his behavior (19:29).
6. Finally, here in v1, wine is called a mocker and strong drink a brawler.
That is, to put things briefly, excessive drinking leads to picking fights as well as to an abandonment of principles of right and wrong. It is implied that drunkenness is common among “scoffers”, or to those who already have a mental/spiritual disposition toward not taking the truth of God anything more than something to be made fun of; and certainly as something to be cast aside as foolishness. To “mock” in the OT was to make fun of or to belittle a thing or a person. The point is that the indulgence in wine, and to its’ intoxicating effects, leads to the mocking of the more serious things around us.
This is not to say that, in believers at least, God’s Holy Spirit neither can or does act as a restrainer to such demonstrations. It is simply to say that Solomon saw it as a truth that wine and strong drink was not in any way helpful to this restraining, but, instead acts as a release. It does not “overcome” the acting of the Spirit, but like any other unwise and fleshly indulgence men (not just males) can give themselves to, God warns and helps, but ultimately and as with most such fleshly things, submission is a matter our human will.
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