Chapter 23

PRO.23:1 When you sit down to eat with a ruler, Consider carefully what is before you;
PRO.23:2 And put a knife to your throat If you are a man given to appetite.
PRO.23:3 Do not desire his delicacies, For they are deceptive food.
PRO.23:4 Do not overwork to be rich; Because of your own understanding, cease!
PRO.23:5 Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; They fly away like an eagle toward heaven.
PRO.23:6 Do not eat the bread of a miser, Nor desire his delicacies;
PRO.23:7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. “Eat and drink!” he says to you, But his heart is not with you.
PRO.23:8 The morsel you have eaten, you will vomit up, And waste your pleasant words.
PRO.23:9 Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, For he will despise the wisdom of your words.
PRO.23:10 Do not remove the ancient landmark, Nor enter the fields of the fatherless;
PRO.23:11 For their Redeemer is mighty; He will plead their cause against you.
PRO.23:12 Apply your heart to instruction, And your ears to words of knowledge.
PRO.23:13 Do not withhold correction from a child, For if you beat him with a rod, he will not die.
PRO.23:14 You shall beat him with a rod, And deliver his soul from hell.
PRO.23:15 My son, if your heart is wise, My heart will rejoice-indeed, I myself;
PRO.23:16 Yes, my inmost being will rejoice When your lips speak right things.
PRO.23:17 Do not let your heart envy sinners, But be zealous for the fear of the LORD all the day;
PRO.23:18 For surely there is a hereafter, And your hope will not be cut off.
PRO.23:19 Hear, my son, and be wise; And guide your heart in the way.
PRO.23:20 Do not mix with winebibbers, Or with gluttonous eaters of meat;
PRO.23:21 For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, And drowsiness will clothe a man with rags.
PRO.23:22 Listen to your father who begot you, And do not despise your mother when she is old.
PRO.23:23 Buy the truth, and do not sell it, Also wisdom and instruction and understanding.
PRO.23:24 The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice, And he who begets a wise child will delight in him.
PRO.23:25 Let your father and your mother be glad, And let her who bore you rejoice.
PRO.23:26 My son, give me your heart, And let your eyes observe my ways.
PRO.23:27 For a harlot is a deep pit, And a seductress is a narrow well.
PRO.23:28 She also lies in wait as for a victim, And increases the unfaithful among men.
PRO.23:29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaints? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes?
PRO.23:30 Those who linger long at the wine, Those who go in search of mixed wine.
PRO.23:31 Do not look on the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, When it swirls around smoothly;
PRO.23:32 At the last it bites like a serpent, And stings like a viper.
PRO.23:33 Your eyes will see strange things, And your heart will utter perverse things.
PRO.23:34 Yes, you will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, Or like one who lies at the top of the mast, saying:
PRO.23:35 “They have struck me, but I was not hurt; They have beaten me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake, that I may seek another drink?”


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