Does the Bible promote drinking urine?

There were a lot more pictures I could have put here, especially of animals, but I think this one is probably more PC.

Well, if you read this, what would you think:

15 Drink water from your own cistern,
flowing water from your own well. (Proverbs 5:15)

This is the verse people quote to support urgophagia, which is the consumption of urine.  Case closed?!?  Hardly.

There’s a little something called CONTEXT.  Most crazy people who use the Bible to support things like snake handling, nudism, or murder take a couple of verses and use them out of context.  If you ever talk with a Jehovah’s witness, they will point to a bunch of single verses and not want to discuss anything around those verses.  Why?  Because the context changes the meaning they are trying to convey.

Context is always important, as it is easy to misconstrue a person’s intentions by not giving the complete context or giving a fabricated context.  Kids do that all the time.  They might say, “well you told me: ‘drink pee’”.  And I’d reply, “I said ‘Don’t drink pee’, which is totally different.  You need to keep the don’t in there with the rest of the words”.  So please, read/listen to the context.

I would suggest reading the whole context of Proverbs 5.  If you read the context in the surrounding verses, you’re realize that it is a larger argument about why you should not commit adultery and instead love the wife God gives you.  For example, a couple of verses later we find one of my favorite verses in the Bible:

18 Let your fountain be blessed,
and rejoice in the wife of your youth,
19 a lovely deer, a graceful doe.
Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight;
be intoxicated always in her love. (Pv. 5:18-19)

One of the many commands of God I happily obey!  He is a God who gives me life and joy in this life and in the life to come!  God wants to give you life and peace.  Learn more about how to get life and peace from God through Jesus Christ.

If we continue on with our context, we also see:

20 Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman
and embrace the bosom of an adulteress?
21 For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord,
and he ponders all his paths. (Pv. 5:20-21)

We can see from the context that Proverbs 5:15 does not urge us to drink urine, but rather to drink from our “own well”, which is the husband or wife God gives you or will give you in the future.  It also is a reminder that God knows everything you do.  There is a coming Judgement.  I’d recommend going and read about how to have peace and life with God.

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4 thoughts on “Does the Bible promote drinking urine?”

  1. Hey Paul. Thanks for your wonderful commentary reinforcing God’s truth in those passages. Amen! It’s fantastic what you and your wife are doing through this website to spread the Gospel. Praise Jesus!! I thought it was fair to point out regarding the “context” of this article – and that is, just because those passages aren’t in any way related to the drinking of one’s own urine (and for that matter, whether or not that practice would be encouraged anywhere in Scripture), doesn’t necessarily mean that drinking one’s own urine for medicinal purposes/healing is a bad idea/thing to do, and for that matter, a way in which God might delight to provide healing. The problem is, we are often conditioned and even “brainwashed” in certain cases to think/accept that things are a certain way, when in fact, we have never truly even questioned or explored them. Another way to put it – “contempt prior to investigation”. The fact of the matter is, the countless specific, real testimonials of people from all over the world who have been permanently healed of serious illnesses through urine therapy are undeniable. Of the Chinese, approximately three million drink their own urine. If that’s not compelling, I don’t know what is. I’ve learned it’s good to have an open mind and think outside the box, especially when it comes to health. Western medicine and big pharma have let a lot of people down (and done serious damage).

  2. Thank you Kirk for the reply. I appreciate you taking time to read the post!

    Drinking one’s urine does not have health benefits. Urine has an incredibly high concentration of salt. It dehydrates you and actually sucks nutrients out of your body. Beyond that, its putting all the waste your body was trying to get rid of back into your system. I have not seen any convincing evidence to the contrary.

    All because something does something thinking its healthy is not correlated to it actually working. Blood letting used to be the primary way doctors treated disease – now we know that making people bleed taxes the system and actually makes them more sick.k

  3. There are two fountains mentioned in Proverbs 5, Fountains (plural) and fountain (singular). The fountains (urine) is to be disperse abroad, while the fountain (sperm) is to be blessed with the wife of thy youth. The fountain (singular) can not be disperse abroad, lest you commit adultery, while the fountains (singular) can be disperse abroad to heal the sick.

  4. This is interesting but completely unsupported from the text and downright ridiculous. You’re saying that urine is not just for your own drinking, but we should disperse our urine to other people to heal them?

    The context of chapter 5 has nothing to do with drinking urine, as the entire chapter is about adultery, as every commentary agrees.

    I can see you are basing this from the KJV reading of Proverbs 5:16, whcih is not an accurate rendering. 5:17 says the springs or foundations should be kept for yourself and NOT dispersed. Take a look:
    16 Let thy fountains be dispersed abroad, and rivers of waters in the streets. 17 Let them be only thine own, and not strangers’ with thee.

    A proper reading of the Hebrew is reflected in modern translations such as the ESV, NIV, NRSV, NKJV, etc, in that verse 16 is a question:
    Should your springs be scattered abroad,
    streams of water in the streets?
    The answer, of course, is no, as shown in verse 17: Let them be for yourself alone, and not for strangers with you.

    Note that if we used your interpretation, Proverbs 5:16 could be used as a Biblical right to urinate publicly in the streets, as this would help heal all who receive it.

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