1 Timothy 5

1 Timothy 5:23

No longer drink water exclusively, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.

(a) No longer drink water exclusively. Clean drinking water was rare in the first-century. Not everyone had access to spring water or a well-designed aqueduct. For this reason, many people added vinegar or a little wine to their water.

(b) Use a little wine. Timothy, like Paul, travelled often. If all he drank was local water, he was likely to suffer bacterial infections and illness. Paul, the more seasoned traveller, advised Timothy to drink wine instead for the sake of his health. Wine has antibacterial properties, and was a safer alternative, especially for someone who frequently suffered from the first-century equivalent of Delhi Belly.

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