What Does the Bible Say About Gluttony? With Scripture References


Lord’s Library editors answer the question “What does the Bible say about gluttony?” with specific Bible references.

Have you ever asked yourself the question “What does the Bible say about gluttony?” If you have, you’re definitely not alone! And since the Bible helps Christians form a foundational understanding of important topics, it’s imperative that one know how Scripture describes gluttony in different contexts. The Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines gluttony as “Excess in eating; extravagant indulgence of the appetite for food.”

Now armed with a basic definition of gluttony, Lord’s Library editors thought it would be a helpful exercise to provide Biblical context. As a result, we compiled this short resource which captures all notable mentions of the word gluttony, as well as its other forms. If you’ve been wondering what the King James Bible says about gluttony, scroll on for additional detail.

Note: If you want to know what the Bible says about gluttony and 206 other important topics (to be exact), our editors recommend Spencer Smith’s Doctrine Matters: Bible Topic Guidebook.

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What Does the Bible Say About Gluttony?

Proverbs 23:20-21

“Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.”

Deuteronomy 21:20

“For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”

Proverbs 25:16

“Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.”

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