Was ordinary wine, the normal drink in Palestine?

Many would at once say “Yes”. But have we any sidelights from Scripture? Abigail brought David 200 loaves, and much fruit, but only two bottles of wine (1 Samuel 25:16). Ziba also came on another occasion, with bread and abundance of summer fruits, but how much wine? Only one bottle, “that such as be faint in the wilderness may drink” (2 Samuel 16:2; note also 1 Samuel 16:24). This gives a standpoint often forgotten. A Nabal could drink much, and the princes could make an evil king drunken (Hosea 7:5), but this was altogether unusual, and evil.

Written by: Percy W. Heward

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