Proverbs 23


Acquire Truth and Wisdom

If you should sit to have supper at the table of a monarch, intelligibly comprehend the things being placed near you! And give attention to your hand! beholding that [4for such things 2for you 1it is a must 3to make preparations]; but if you are insatiable, do not desire his food; for these have [2life 1a false]. Do not reach forth, [2needy 1being], to the rich! but in your insight be at a distance! If you set your eye upon him, he shall not at all appear; for there are carefully prepared for him wings as of an eagle, and he returns to the house being set for him. Do not dine with [2man 1a bewitching], nor desire his foods; [2in which 3manner 1for] as if any may swallow down a hair, thus he eats and drinks; nor [3to 4yourself 1should you bring 2him], nor you should eat your morsel with him, for he will vomit it, and lay waste [3words 1your 2good]. [3into 4the ears 5of a fool 1Do not 2speak]! lest at any time he sneer at discerning your words. 10 You should not transpose [2boundaries 1the everlasting]; and to the possession of orphans you should not enter to take; 11 for the one ransoming them is the  lord; he is strong, and he arbitrates their case with you. 12 Give [3for 4instruction 2heart 1your]! and [2your ears 1prepare] for words of good sense! 13 You should not be at a distance [2the simple 1to correct]; for if you strike him with a rod in no way should he die. 14 Forasmuch as you struck him with a rod, then [2his soul 3from 4death 1you rescued]. 15 O son, if [4wise 1you should make 2your 3heart], you shall gladden also my heart; 16 and [4shall spend time 1the words 2of your 3lips] with my lips, if they should be straight. 17 Let not [2be jealous 1your heart] of sinners, but [2in 3the fear 4of the  lord 1be] the whole day! 18 For if you should give heed to these things there will be a progeny for you, and your hope will not leave. 19 Hear, O son, and [2wise 1be], and straighten out the reflections of your heart! 20 Do not be a winebibber, nor stretch out couplings, [3of meats 1nor 2purchasings]! 21 For every intoxicated one and whoremonger shall be poor; and [3shall put on 4torn 5and 6ragged garments 1every 2sleepy one]. 22 Hear, O son, the father engendering you, and do not disdain that [3has grown old 1your 2mother]! 23 [2truth 1Acquire]! and you should not thrust away wisdom and instruction and understanding. 24 [4well 3nourishes 2father 1A just]; [4by 1and 6son 5a wise 3is gladdened 2his soul]. 25 Let your [4be glad 1father 2and 3mother] over you, and let [4rejoice 1the 2one who gave birth to 3you]! 26 Give to me, O son, your heart, and let your eyes [2my 3ways 1give heed to]! 27 [5a cask 1For 6having been drilled 4is 2a strange 3house]; and [2well 3is narrow 1a strange]. 28 For this one suddenly shall perish, and every lawbreaker shall be consumed. 29 To whom is there woe? to whom a tumult? to whom litigations? to whom rancor and intrigue? to whom breaks without cause? to whom dark colored eyes? 30 is it not the ones lingering in wines? is it not the ones prowling where parties happen? Do not be intoxicated by wine, but consort [2men 1with just], and consort in the promenades! 31 For if in the bowls and the cups you should give your eyes, afterwards you shall walk more naked than a pestle. 32  But at last it will be as if [2by 3a serpent 1being struck] he stretches out, and as if by a horned serpent [3diffuses 4throughout him 1the 2poison]. 33  [3eyes 2your 1Whenever] behold the strange woman, your mouth then speaks perverse things; 34 and you shall recline as if in the heart of the sea; and as a navigator in a great swell; 35 and you shall say, They beat me, and I did not have pain; and, They mocked me, but I did not know. When will it be dawn that coming I shall seek after one who shall go together with me to drink?
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