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Habakkuk 2:5

Yea also, because he transgresses by wine, he is a proud man, neither keeps at home, who enlarges his desire as sheol, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathers unto him all nations, and heaps unto him all people:
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Cyprian of Carthage

AD 258
Since, therefore, the Lord thus threatens such shepherds through whom the sheep of the Lord are neglected and perish, what else ought we to do, dearly beloved brother, but to show full diligence in collecting and restoring the sheep of Christ and to apply the medicine of paternal piety to care for the wounds of the lapsed? The Lord also in the Gospel warns and says, “It is not the healthy who need a physician, but they who are sick.” For although we shepherds are many, yet we feed one flock. All of the sheep whom Christ sought by his blood and passion we ought to embrace and to cherish, and not to allow our suppliant and grieving brothers to be cruelly despised and to be trodden under foot by the proud presumption of certain ones, since it is written, “The man, however, who is stiffnecked, boastful of himself, will accomplish nothing at all. His greed is as wide as Sheol.” ...

George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
As wine deceiveth viz., by affording only a short passing pleasure, followed by the evils and disgrace that are the usual consequences of drunkenness: so shall it be with the proud enemies of the people of God, whose success affordeth them only a momentary pleasure, followed by innumerable and everlasting evils. (Challoner) Hebrew, "but as the proud man prevaricates in wine, he shall not succeed. "Baltassar's reign was short. (Vatable; De Dieu.) Nabuchodonosor saw himself reduced to the meanest condition. Hell. He is insatiable, Proverbs xxx. 16. (Calmet) Æstuat infelix (Alex.) augusto limite mundi. (Juv. x.) ...

Richard Challoner

AD 1781
As wine deceiveth: Viz., by affording only a short passing pleasure; followed by the evils and disgrace that are the usual consequences of drunkenness; so shall it be with the proud enemies of the people of God; whose success affordeth them only a momentary pleasure, followed by innumerable and everlasting evils. ...

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. - 2 Peter 1:20

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