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Proverbs 23


On Life and Conduct

Proverbs 23:1   When you sit down to dine with a ruler, Consider carefully what is before you,
Proverbs 23:2   And put a knife to your throat If you are a man of great appetite.
Proverbs 23:3   Do not desire his delicacies, For it is deceptive food.
Proverbs 23:4   Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, Cease from your consideration of it.
Proverbs 23:5   When you set your eyes on it, it is gone. For wealth certainly makes itself wings Like an eagle that flies toward the heavens.
Proverbs 23:6   Do not eat the bread of a selfish man, Or desire his delicacies;
Proverbs 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.
Proverbs 23:8   You will vomit up the morsel you have eaten, And waste your compliments.
Proverbs 23:9   Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, For he will despise the wisdom of your words.
Proverbs 23:10   Do not move the ancient boundary Or go into the fields of the fatherless,
Proverbs 23:11   For their Redeemer is strong; He will plead their case against you.
Proverbs 23:12   Apply your heart to discipline And your ears to words of knowledge.
Proverbs 23:13   Do not hold back discipline from the child, Although you strike him with the rod, he will not die.
Proverbs 23:14   You shall strike him with the rod And rescue his soul from Sheol.
Proverbs 23:15   My son, if your heart is wise, My own heart also will be glad;
Proverbs 23:16   And my inmost being will rejoice When your lips speak what is right.
Proverbs 23:17   Do not let your heart envy sinners, But live in the fear of the LORD always.
Proverbs 23:18   Surely there is a future, And your hope will not be cut off.
Proverbs 23:19   Listen, my son, and be wise, And direct your heart in the way.
Proverbs 23:20   Do not be with heavy drinkers of wine, Or with gluttonous eaters of meat;
Proverbs 23:21   For the heavy drinker and the glutton will come to poverty, And drowsiness will clothe one with rags.
Proverbs 23:22   Listen to your father who begot you, And do not despise your mother when she is old.
Proverbs 23:23   Buy truth, and do not sell it, Get wisdom and instruction and understanding.
Proverbs 23:24   The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice, And he who sires a wise son will be glad in him.
Proverbs 23:25   Let your father and your mother be glad, And let her rejoice who gave birth to you.
Proverbs 23:26   Give me your heart, my son, And let your eyes delight in my ways.
Proverbs 23:27   For a harlot is a deep pit And an adulterous woman is a narrow well.
Proverbs 23:28   Surely she lurks as a robber, And increases the faithless among men.
Proverbs 23:29   Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes?
Proverbs 23:30   Those who linger long over wine, Those who go to taste mixed wine.
Proverbs 23:31   Do not look on the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, When it goes down smoothly;
Proverbs 23:32   At the last it bites like a serpent And stings like a viper.
Proverbs 23:33   Your eyes will see strange things And your mind will utter perverse things.
Proverbs 23:34   And you will be like one who lies down in the middle of the sea, Or like one who lies down on the top of a mast.
Proverbs 23:35   "They struck me, but I did not become ill; They beat me, but I did not know it. When shall I awake? I will seek another drink."
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