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Proverbs 23

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 1 When you sit to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before you;

 2 And put a knife to your throat, if you are a man given to appetite.

 3 Do not desire his dainties for they are deceitful food.

 4 Do not work to be rich; cease from your own wisdom.

 5 Will you set your eyes upon that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away like an eagle toward the sky.

 6 Do not eat the bread of him who has a grudging evil eye, neither desire his dainty foods.

 7 For as he thinks in his heart, so he is. "Eat and drink," he said to you, but his heart is not with you.

 8 You shall vomit up the morsel that you have eaten, and lose your sweet words.

 9 Do not speak in the ears of a fool for he will despise the wisdom of your words.

 10 Do not remove the old landmark, and do not enter into the fields of the fatherless;

 11 For their redeemer is mighty. He shall plead their cause with you.

 12 Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to the words of knowledge.

 13 Do not withhold correction from the child; for if you beat him with the rod, he shall not die.

 14 You shall beat him with the rod, and shall deliver his soul from Hell.

 15 My son, if your heart is wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine.

 16 Yes, my reins shall rejoice, when your lips speak right things.

 17 Do not let your heart envy sinners, but be in the fear of the LORD all the day long;

 18 For surely there is an end, and your expectation shall not be cut off.

 19 Hear, my son, and be wise, and guide your heart in the way.

 20 Do not associate with winebibbers; or among gluttonous eaters of meat,

 21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty, and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.

 22 Hearken to your father that begat you, and do not despise your mother when she is old.

 23 Buy the truth, and do not sell it; also wisdom, and discipline, and understanding.

 24 The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice, and he that raises a wise child shall have joy of him.

 25 Your father and your mother shall be glad, and she that bore you shall rejoice.

 26 My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.

 27 For a whore is a deep ditch, and a strange woman is a narrow pit.

 28 She also lies in wait as for a prey, and increases the transgressors among men.

 29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has babbling? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes?

 30 Those who indulge the drinking of wine; those who go to seek mixed wine.

 31 Do not look upon the wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly.

 32 At the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like an adder.

 33 Your eyes shall behold visions, and your heart shall utter twisted things.

 34 Yes, you shall be as he who lies down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lies upon the top of a mast.

 35 They have stricken me, shall you say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I did not feel it. When shall I awaken? I will yet seek wine again.


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