Grapes were plentiful in biblical times and were eaten either fresh or dried as raisins or made into jelly, though most were crushed for wine, which, with bread, formed the staple diet of the time. Wine was regarded as a divine gift, but excessive drinking was deplored (Isa. 5: 11–13). Some of Jesus' exhortations are illustrated by reference to grapes (e.g. Luke 6: 44).