Proverbs 23

On Life and Conduct

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

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.

i Do not eat the bread of
Lit an evil eye
a k selfish man,
Or desire his delicacies;
For 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.
You will n vomit up
Lit your
the morsel you have eaten,
And waste your
Lit pleasant words
compliments.

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

10 Do not move the ancient boundary
Or t go into the fields of the fatherless,
11 For their u Redeemer is strong;
v He will plead their case against you.
12 Apply 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.
14 You shall
Lit smite
strike him with the rod
And z rescue his soul from Sheol.

15 My son, if your heart is aa wise,
My own heart also will be glad;
16 And 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
always.
18 Surely there is a
Lit latter end
,
ai future,
And your aj hope will not be cut off.
19 Listen, my son, and ak be wise,
And al direct your heart in the way.
20 Do not be with am heavy drinkers of wine,
Or with an gluttonous eaters of meat;
21 For 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.

24 The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice,
And at he who sires a wise son will be glad in him.
25 Let 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.
27 For a harlot is a ay deep pit
And an
Lit strange
,
ba adulterous woman is a narrow well.
28 Surely she bb lurks as a robber,
And increases the
Lit treacherous
faithless among men.

29 Who has bd woe? Who has sorrow?
Who has contentions? Who has complaining?
Who has wounds without cause?
Who has redness of eyes?
30 Those who be linger long over wine,
Those who go to
Or search out
taste bg mixed wine.
31 Do 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;
32 At the last it bj bites like a serpent
And stings like a bk viper.
33 Your eyes will see strange things
And your
Lit heart
mind will bm utter perverse things.
34 And 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
mast.
35 “They bp struck me, but I did not become
I.e. from the effect of wounds
ill;
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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