Proverbs, Chapter 23

23:1 When you sit to eat with a ruler, Consider diligently him who is before you;
23:2 And put a knife to your throat, If you are a man who is given to soul.
23:3 Don't be desirous of his dainties; Seeing they are deceitful food.
23:4 Don't weary yourself to be rich; Cease from your own wisdom.
23:5 Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For [riches] certainly make themselves wings, Like an eagle that flies toward heaven.
23:6 Don't eat the bread of him who has an evil eye, Neither desire his dainties:
23:7 For as he thinks in his soul, so he is: Eat and drink, he says to you; But his heart is not with you.
23:8 The morsel which you have eaten you will vomit up, And lose your sweet words.
23:9 Don't speak in the hearing of a fool; For he will despise the wisdom of your words.
23:10 Don't remove the ancient landmark; And don't enter into the fields of the fatherless:
23:11 For their Redeemer is strong; He will plead their cause against you.
23:12 Apply your heart to instruction, And your ears to the words of knowledge.
23:13 Do not withhold correction from the child; [For] if you beat him with the rod, he will not die.
23:14 You will beat him with the rod, And will deliver his soul from Sheol.
23:15 My son, if your heart be wise, My heart will be glad, even mine:
23:16 Yes, my heart will rejoice, When your lips speak right things.
23:17 Don't let your heart envy sinners; But [be] in the fear of Yahweh all the day long:
23:18 For surely there is a reward; And your hope will not be cut off.
23:19 Hear, my son, and be wise, And guide your heart in the way.
23:20 Don't be among winebibbers, Among gluttonous eaters of flesh:
23:21 For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty; And drowsiness will clothe [a man] with rags.
23:22 Listen to your father who begot you, And don't despise your mother when she is old.
23:23 Buy the truth, and don't sell it; [Yes,] wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
23:24 The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; And he who begets a wise child will have joy of him.
23:25 Let your father and your mother be glad, And let her who bore you rejoice.
23:26 My son, give me your heart; And let your eyes delight in my ways.
23:27 For a prostitute is a deep ditch; And a foreign woman is a narrow pit.
23:28 Yes, she lies in wait as a robber, And increases the betrayers among man.
23:29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes?
23:30 Those who tarry long at the wine; Those who go to seek out mixed wine.
23:31 Don't look on the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, When it goes down smoothly:
23:32 At the last it bites like a serpent, And stings like an adder.
23:33 Your eyes will see strange things, And your heart will utter perverse things.
23:34 Yes, you will be as he who lies down in the midst of the sea, Or as he who lies on the top of a mast.
23:35 They have stricken me, [you will say], and I was not hurt; They have beaten me, and I did not feel it: When shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.

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