Isaiah 22:13

Hebrew Bible

11 You made a reservoir between the two walls for the water of the old pool—but you did not trust in the one who made it; you did not depend on the one who formed it long ago. 12 At that time the Sovereign Lord of Heaven’s Armies called for weeping and mourning,for shaved heads and sackcloth. 13 But look, there is outright celebration! You say, “Kill the ox and slaughter the sheep, eat meat and drink wine. Eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!” 14 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies told me this: “Certainly this sin will not be forgiven as long as you live, ” says the Sovereign Lord of Heaven’s Armies. 15 This is what the Sovereign Lord of Heaven’s Armies says:“Go visit this administrator, Shebna, who supervises the palace, and tell him:

1 Corinthians 15:32

New Testament

30 Why too are we in danger every hour? 31 Every day I am in danger of death! This is as sure as my boasting in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord. 32 If from a human point of view I fought with wild beasts at Ephesus, what did it benefit me? If the dead are not raised, let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die. 33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” 34 Sober up as you should, and stop sinning! For some have no knowledge of God—I say this to your shame!

 Notes and References

"... Significantly, it has been suggested that Raguel makes his statement with the thought that Tobiah, like Sarah's previous seven husbands, is doomed to death. Such enjoyment, specifically framed as a triad of eating, drinking and taking pleasure, is linked with eventual or even imminent death in Jewish and Christian sacred writings. 'Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die' is found in Isaiah 22:13. The phrase 'eat, drink, and be merry' also occurs without the mention of imminent death in Qohelet 8:15, but with a clear awareness of eventual demise. Compare also Luke 12:20 where the rich man in the parable plans to eat, drink, and be merry, unaware that he is to die that night and the quotation of Isaiah in 1 Corinthians 15:32. Clearly, the implications of this cluster of actions are reasonably well-attested. To be sure, some scholars have claimed that Raguel in this passage was merely trying to put an impatient Tobiah at ease are within the realm of the possible. We suggest, however, that situating this statement within wider attested traditions is less problematic than making claims about character that cannot be definitely proven. This is especially the case given our observations made earlier that issues of character, however a modern reading might discern them, may not be important to writings of this genre ..."

Jacobs, Naomi S. "And I Saw that the Delicacies were Many": A Commentary on Food and Eating in the Book of Tobit (pp. 226-227) Durham University, 2007

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