Proverbs 23

On Life and Conduct

1When you sit down to dine with a ruler,
Consider carefully
Or who
what is before you,
2And put a knife to your throat
If you are a b  man of great appetite.
3Do not c  desire his delicacies,
For it is deceptive food.

4 d  Do not weary yourself to gain wealth,
e  Cease from your
Or understanding
consideration of it.
Lit Will your eyes fly upon it and it is not?
When you set your eyes on it, it is gone.
For h  wealth certainly makes itself wings
Like an eagle that flies toward the heavens.

6 i  Do not eat the bread of
Lit an evil eye
a k  selfish man,
Or desire his delicacies;
7For as he
Lit reckons in his soul
thinks within himself, so he is.
He says to you, “Eat and drink!”
But m  his heart is not with you.
8You will n  vomit up
Lit your
the morsel you have eaten,
And waste your
Lit pleasant words

9 q  Do not speak in the
Lit ears
hearing of a fool,
For he will s  despise the wisdom of your words.

10Do not move the ancient boundary
Or t  go into the fields of the fatherless,
11For their u  Redeemer is strong;
v  He will plead their case against you.
12Apply your heart to discipline
And your ears to words of knowledge.

13 w  Do not hold back discipline from the child,
Although you
Lit smite
strike him with the rod, he will not die.
14You shall
Lit smite
strike him with the rod
And z  rescue his soul from Sheol.

15My son, if your heart is aa  wise,
My own heart also will be glad;
16And my
Lit kidneys
inmost being will rejoice
When your lips speak ac  what is right.

17 ad  Do not let your heart envy sinners,
But live in the
Or reverence
af  fear of the  Lord
Lit all the day
18Surely there is a
Lit latter end
ai  future,
And your aj  hope will not be cut off.
19Listen, my son, and ak  be wise,
And al  direct your heart in the way.
20Do not be with am  heavy drinkers of wine,
Or with an  gluttonous eaters of meat;
21For the ao  heavy drinker and the glutton will come to poverty,
And ap  drowsiness will clothe one with rags.

22 aq  Listen to your father who begot you,
And ar  do not despise your mother when she is old.
23 as  Buy truth, and do not sell it,
Get wisdom and instruction and understanding.

24The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice,
And at  he who sires a wise son will be glad in him.
25Let your au  father and your mother be glad,
And let her rejoice who gave birth to you.

26 av  Give me your heart, my son,
And let your eyes
Another reading is observe
ax  delight in my ways.
27For a harlot is a ay  deep pit
And an
Lit strange
ba  adulterous woman is a narrow well.
28Surely she bb  lurks as a robber,
And increases the
Lit treacherous
faithless among men.

29Who has bd  woe? Who has sorrow?
Who has contentions? Who has complaining?
Who has wounds without cause?
Who has redness of eyes?
30Those who be  linger long over wine,
Those who go to
Or search out
taste bg  mixed wine.
31Do not look on the wine when it is red,
When it
Lit gives its eye
sparkles in the cup,
When it bi  goes down smoothly;
32At the last it bj  bites like a serpent
And stings like a bk  viper.
33Your eyes will see strange things
And your
Lit heart
mind will bm  utter perverse things.
34And you will be like one who lies down in the
Lit heart
middle of the sea,
Or like one who lies down on the top of a
Or lookout
35“They bp  struck me, but I did not become
I.e. from the effect of wounds
They beat me, but I did not know it.
When shall I awake?
I will br  seek
Lit it yet again
another drink.”

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