Proverbs 23

1When thou sit to eat with a ruler, consider diligently him who is before thee, 2and put a knife to thy throat if thou be a man given to appetite. 3Be not desirous of his dainties, since they are deceitful food. 4Weary not thyself to be rich. Out of thine own wisdom, cease. 5Will thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? For it certainly makes itself wings, like an eagle that flies toward heaven. 6Eat thou not the bread of an evil eye, nor desire thou his dainties. 7For as he thinks within himself, so is he. Eat and drink, he says to thee, but his heart is not with thee. 8The morsel which thou have eaten thou shall vomit up, and lose thy sweet words. 9Speak not in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of thy words. 10Remove not the ancient landmark. And enter not into the fields of the fatherless, 11for their Redeemer is strong. He will plead their cause against thee. 12Apply thy heart to instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge. 13Withhold not correction from the child, for if thou beat him with the rod, he will not die. 14Thou shall beat him with the rod, and shall deliver his soul from Sheol. 15My son, if thy heart be wise, my heart will be glad, even mine. 16Yea, my heart will rejoice when thy lips speak right things. 17Let not thy heart envy sinners, but be thou in the fear of Jehovah all the day long. 18For surely there is a reward, and thy hope shall not be cut off. 19Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thy heart in the way. 20Be not among winebibbers, among gluttonous eaters of flesh. 21For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty, and drowsiness will clothe a man with rags. 22Hearken to thy father who begot thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old. 23Buy the truth, and do not sell it, yea, wisdom, and instruction, and understanding. 24The father of a righteous man will greatly rejoice, and he who begets a wise son will have joy of him. 25Let thy father and thy mother be glad, and let her who bore thee rejoice. 26My son, give me thy heart, and let thine eyes delight in my ways. 27For a harlot is a deep ditch, and an interloping woman is a narrow pit. 28Yea, she lies in wait as a robber, and increases the treacherous among men. 29Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? 30Those who tarry long at the wine. Those who go to seek out mixed wine. 31Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly. 32At the end it bites like a serpent, and stings like an adder. 33Thine eyes shall behold strange things, and thy heart shall utter perverse things. 34Yea, thou shall be as he who lies down in the midst of the sea, or as he who lies upon the top of a mast. 35They have stricken me, thou shall say, and I was not hurt. They have beaten me, and I did not feel it. When shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.
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