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Prov. 23 :1 23:1 When you sit to eat with a ruler,
Consider carefully 1who is before you;
Prov. 23 :2 23:2 And put a knife to your throat
If you are a man of great appetite.
Prov. 23 :3 23:3 Do not desire his delicacies,
For they are deceitful food.
Prov. 23 :4 23:4 Do not weary yourself to become arich;
Cease from your consideration of it.
Prov. 23 :5 23:5 When you set your eyes upon it, it is gone;
For awealth certainly makes itself wings,
Like an eagle that flies toward heaven.
Prov. 23 :6 23:6 Do not eat the bread of one who is envious,
And do not desire his delicacies;
Prov. 23 :7 23:7 For as he thinks within himself, so he is.
He says to you, Eat and drink;
But his heart is not with you.
Prov. 23 :8 23:8 You will vomit up the morsel which you have eaten,
And waste your pleasant words.
Prov. 23 :9 23:9 aDo not speak in the hearing of a fool,
For he will despise the wisdom of your words.
Prov. 23 :10 23:10 aDo not remove the ancient boundary marker,
Or go into the fields of the fatherless;
Prov. 23 :11 23:11 For their aRedeemer is strong;
He will plead their cause against you.
Prov. 23 :12 23:12 Apply your heart to instruction,
And your ears to words of knowledge.
Prov. 23 :13 23:13 Do not withhold acorrection from a child;
If you beat him with the rod, he will not die.
Prov. 23 :14 23:14 If you beat him with the rod,
You will deliver his soul from aSheol.
Prov. 23 :15 23:15 My son, if your heart is wise,
My own heart will also rejoice;
Prov. 23 :16 23:16 My inward parts will also exult,
When your lips speak right things.
Prov. 23 :17 23:17 Do not let your heart envy sinners,
But live in the fear of Jehovah all day long;
Prov. 23 :18 23:18 For surely there is a latter end,
And your hope will not be cut off.
Prov. 23 :19 23:19 Listen, my son, and be wise,
And direct your heart in the way.
Prov. 23 :20 23:20 Do not be among those who get drunk with wine,
Among gluttonous eaters of flesh;
Prov. 23 :21 23:21 For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty,
And drowsiness will clothe them with rags.
Prov. 23 :22 23:22 Listen to your afather who begot you,
And do not despise your mother when she is old.
Prov. 23 :23 23:23 Buy atruth, and do not sell it;
Buy wisdom and instruction and understanding.
Prov. 23 :24 23:24 The father of the righteous man will greatly exult,
And he who begets a wise child will rejoice in him.
Prov. 23 :25 23:25 Let your father and your mother rejoice,
And let her who bore you exult.
Prov. 23 :26 23:26 My son, give me your heart,
And let your eyes 1observe my ways.
Prov. 23 :27 23:27 For a harlot is a deep pit,
And an adulteress is a narrow well.
Prov. 23 :28 23:28 Indeed, she lies in wait as a robber,
And increases the number of the treacherous among men.
Prov. 23 :29 23:29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions?
Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness
of eyes?
Prov. 23 :30 23:30 Those who linger late over awine,
Those who go to seek out mixed wines.
Prov. 23 :31 23:31 Do not look upon the wine when it is red,
When it sparkles in the cup,
When it goes down smoothly;
Prov. 23 :32 23:32 In the end it bites like a serpent,
And stings like an adder.
Prov. 23 :33 23:33 Your eyes will see strange things,
And your heart will utter perverse things;
Prov. 23 :34 23:34 And you will be like one who lies down while at sea,
Or like one who lies down at the top of a mast.
Prov. 23 :35 23:35 They struck me, you will say, but I was not hurt;
They beat me, but I did not feel it;
When will I awake? I will seek another drink.
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