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 bDo not desire his delicacies,
for they are deceptive food.
4 cDo not toil to acquire wealth;
dbe discerning enough to desist.
5When your eyes light on it, it is gone,
efor suddenly it sprouts wings,
flying like an eagle toward heaven.
6 fDo not eat the bread of a man who is gstingy;
Hebrew whose eye is evil

ido 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 kheart 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 lDo not move an ancient landmark
or enter the fields of the fatherless,
11for their mRedeemer is strong;
he will nplead their cause against you.
12Apply your heart to instruction
and your ear to words of knowledge.
13Do not withhold odiscipline from a child;
pif you strike him with a rod, he will not die.
14If you strike him with the rod,
you will qsave his soul from Sheol.
15 rMy son, if your heart is wise,
my heart too will be glad.
16My sinmost being
Hebrew  My kidneys
will exult
when your lips speak uwhat is right.
17Let not your heart venvy sinners,
but continue in wthe fear of the  Lord all the day.
18Surely xthere is a future,
and your yhope will not be cut off.
19 Hear, my son, and zbe wise,
and aadirect your heart in the way.
20Be not among abdrunkards
Hebrew those who drink too much wine

or among adgluttonous eaters of meat,
21for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty,
and aeslumber will clothe them with rags.
22 afListen to your father who gave you life,
agand do not despise your mother when she is old.
23 ahBuy truth, and do not sell it;
buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.
24 aiThe father of the righteous will greatly rejoice;
he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him.
25 ajLet your father and mother be glad;
let akher 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 ama deep pit;
anan adulteress
Hebrew  a foreign woman
is a narrow apwell.
28 aqShe lies in wait like a robber
and increases the traitors among mankind.
29 arWho has woe? Who has sorrow?
Who has strife? Who has complaining?
Who has aswounds without cause?
Who has atredness of eyes?
30Those who autarry long over wine;
those who go to try avmixed wine.
31Do not look at wine when it is red,
when it sparkles in the cup
and goes down smoothly.
32In the end it awbites like a serpent
and stings like an adder.
33Your eyes will see strange things,
and your heart utter axperverse 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 azstruck 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 bbmust have another drink.”
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