Crapulent (Proverbs 25:16)

“Ugh! I am feeling crapulent!”

My daughter and I looked at my wife with a wide-eyed surprise. “What?” We both exclaimed laughing.

My wife looked at both of us bemused. “What…what?”


“It means fullness from eating too much.” 

My daughter and I giggled and I asked her, “Seriously, you didn’t just make that up?” We both kept laughing until my daughter produced the definition after looking up the word on her smartphone browser. 

Crapulent is defined as sickness brought on by excessive eating or drinking.


My wife is not the only person to do this, I have often overindulged in food. When I discover new food, I can literally eat it every day for weeks on end. Recently a friend of ours brought over a Vietnamese pastry known as pate chaud or banh pate so. I devoured it and when I thanked my friend, she kindly brought over enough for a week and I don’t think I shared many, if any, with the family! I was crapulent once again. 

Do you like honey? Don’t eat too much, or it will make you sick!

Proverbs 25:16 (NLT)

This verse of wisdom from Proverbs is God’s practical answer to my overindulgence-don’t do it! Yet the more profound question is why would I do this? Once again, God answers this question a few verses later.

It’s not good to eat too much honey, and it’s not good to seek honors for yourself. A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.

Proverbs 25:27-28 (NLT)

I can so easily fall prey to overindulging in food because I am still seeking my own glory and sating my own desires. I have no self-control and continually allow sin to break into my life. Why don’t I have the same proclivity to overindulge in God?  If I yielded to God’s authority over my life, He would overindulge me with His blessings!

…You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.

Psalms 23:5 (NLT)

How desperately I need my Savior, Jesus Christ, to rule over my life. 

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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