Proverbs 23

1When you sit down to eat with a ruler,
observe carefully what
Or who
is before you,
2and put a knife to your throat
if you are given to appetite.
3 b  Do not desire his delicacies,
for they are deceptive food.
4 c  Do not toil to acquire wealth;
d  be discerning enough to desist.
5When your eyes light on it, it is gone,
e  for suddenly it sprouts wings,
flying like an eagle toward heaven.
6 f  Do not eat the bread of a man who is g  stingy;
Hebrew whose eye is evil

i  do not desire his delicacies,
7for he is like one who is inwardly calculating.
Or  for as he calculates in his soul, so is he

Eat and drink!” he says to you,
but his k  heart is not with you.
8You will vomit up the morsels that you have eaten,
and waste your pleasant words.
9Do not speak in the hearing of a fool,
for he will despise the good sense of your words.
10 l  Do not move an ancient landmark
or enter the fields of the fatherless,
11for their m  Redeemer is strong;
he will n  plead their cause against you.
12Apply your heart to instruction
and your ear to words of knowledge.
13Do not withhold o  discipline from a child;
p  if you strike him with a rod, he will not die.
14If you strike him with the rod,
you will q  save his soul from Sheol.
15 r  My son, if your heart is wise,
my heart too will be glad.
16My s  inmost being
Hebrew  My kidneys
will exult
when your lips speak u  what is right.
17Let not your heart v  envy sinners,
but continue in w  the fear of the  Lord all the day.
18Surely x  there is a future,
and your y  hope will not be cut off.
19 Hear, my son, and z  be wise,
and aa  direct your heart in the way.
20Be not among ab  drunkards
Hebrew those who drink too much wine

or among ad  gluttonous eaters of meat,
21for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty,
and ae  slumber will clothe them with rags.
22 af  Listen to your father who gave you life,
ag  and do not despise your mother when she is old.
23 ah  Buy truth, and do not sell it;
buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.
24 ai  The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice;
he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him.
25 aj  Let your father and mother be glad;
let ak  her who bore you rejoice.
26 My son, give me your heart,
and let your eyes observe
Or delight in
my ways.
27For a prostitute is am  a deep pit;
an  an adulteress
Hebrew  a foreign woman
is a narrow ap  well.
28 aq  She lies in wait like a robber
and increases the traitors among mankind.
29 ar  Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
Who has strife? Who has complaining?
Who has as  wounds without cause?
Who has at  redness of eyes?
30Those who au  tarry long over wine;
those who go to try av  mixed wine.
31Do not look at wine when it is red,
when it sparkles in the cup
and goes down smoothly.
32In the end it aw  bites like a serpent
and stings like an adder.
33Your eyes will see strange things,
and your heart utter ax  perverse things.
34You will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea,
like one who lies on the top of a mast.
Or  of the rigging

35“They az  struck me,” you will say,
Hebrew lacks  you will say
“but I was not hurt;
they beat me, but I did not feel it.
When shall I awake?
I bb  must have another drink.”
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