"Add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance;
and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly
kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity." 2 Peter 1:5-7. See Chapter 118 Growth
NOTE.-Temperance is rightly placed here as to order. Knowledge is a prerequisite to
temperance, and temperance to patience. It is very difficult for an intemperate person to
4. What is said of those who strive for the mastery?
"And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things."
1 Cor. 9:25.
5. In running the Christian race, what did Paul say he did?
"But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any
means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway." Verse 27.
6. Why are kings and rulers admonished to be temperate?
"It is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink: lest they drink,
and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted." Prov.
7. Why were priests forbidden to use intoxicating drink while engaged in the
"And the Lord spake unto Aaron, saying, Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou,
nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle: . . . that ye may put
difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean." Lev. 10:8-10.
8. Why is indulgence in strong drink dangerous?
"And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the
Spirit." Eph. 5:18.
NOTE.-The danger in the indulgence of stimulating foods and drinks is that they create
an unnatural appetite and thirst, thus leading to excess. Both food and drink should be
nourishing and non-stimulating.
9. For what should men eat and drink?
"Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat
in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness! " Eccl. 10:17.
10. Why did Daniel refuse the food and wine of the king?
"But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the
portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank." Dan. 1:8. See Judges
11. Instead of these, what did he request?
"Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to
eat, and water to drink." Verse 12.
12. At the end of the ten days' test, how did he and his companions appear?
"And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in
flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king's meat." Verse
13. At the end of their three years' course in the school of Babylon, how did the
wisdom of Daniel and his companions compare with that of others?
"Now at the end of the days . . . the king communed with them; and among them
all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: . . . and in all
matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king inquired of them, he found them ten
times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm."
14. What warning is given against leading others into intemperance?
"Woe unto him that giveth his neighbor drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and
makest him drunken." Hab. 2:15.
15. What kind of professed Christians are not fellowshipped?
"But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a
brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard."
1 Cor. 5:11.
16. Can drunkards enter the kingdom of God?
"Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, . . . nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards,
nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God." 1 Cor. 6:9,10. See
17. For what perfection of character did the apostle pray?
"And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole
spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus
Christ." 1 Thess. 5:23.
NOTE.-For notable examples of total abstinence in the Bible, see the wife of Manoah,
the mother of Samson (Judges 13:4, 12-14); Hannah, the mother of Samuel (1 Sam. 1:15); the
Rechabites (Jer. 35:1-10); and John the Baptist (Luke 1:13-15).