Prov 23:33 Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.
Prov 23:33 [Under the influence of wine] your eyes will behold strange things [and loose women] and your mind will utter things turned the wrong way [untrue, incorrect, and petulant]. AMP
The main topic of today’s proverb is the exceeding quantity of troubles that accompany the consumption of alcohol. That is a topic that we will address more fully later, but in the context of our present topic, what not to do with our eyes, it brings up many other issues. People commit many stupid behaviors including criminal conduct while under the influence of alcohol. Today’s verse connects alcohol and sexual [mis]conduct. It is troubling that we can find on most days, an article in our campus student newspaper about a sexually deviant crime that was committed where alcohol was involved. These facts are common in most of those articles: alcohol consumption, late hours, left a party, went to someone else’s dorm, and sexual assault occurred. Proverbs reminds us that while drunk, “thine eyes shall behold strange women.” “Strange women” means, sexually immoral women. Keeping in mind that we are discussing advice to a son, the advice that comes out of all this is: stay away from alcohol for it warps your vision; it causes you to see things and to pursue conduct that you would not when sober. Much regret, damaged lives, and a painfully persistent felony record are often the end results of this dangerous combination. Stay away from it.