Proverbs 23 New American Standard Bible

23 1  When you sit down to dine with a ruler , Consider carefully what is before you, 2  And put a knife to your throat If you are a man of great appetite . 3  Do not desire his delicacies , For it is deceptive food .

4  Do not weary yourself to gain wealth , Cease from your consideration of it 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 .

6  Do not eat the bread of a selfish e man , Or desire his delicacies ; 7  For as he thinks within himself , so he is. He says to you, "Eat and drink !" But his heart is not with you. 8  You will vomit up the morsel you have eaten , And waste your compliments .

9  Do not speak in the hearing of a fool , For he will despise the wisdom of your words .

10  Do not move the ancient boundary Or go into the fields of the fatherless , 11  For their Redeemer is strong ; He will plead their case against you.

12  Apply your heart to discipline And your ears to words of knowledge . 13  Do not hold back discipline from the child , although you strike him with the rod , he will not die . 14  You shall strike him with the rod and rescue his soul from Sheol 15  My son , if your heart is wise , My own heart also will be glad ; 16  And my inmost being will rejoice When your lips speak what is right .

17  Do not let your heart envy sinners , But live in the fear of the Lord always e . 18  Surely e there is a future , And your hope will not be cut off .

19  Listen , my son , and be wise , And direct your heart in the way 20  Do not be with heavy drinkers of wine , Or with gluttonous eaters of meat ; 21  For the heavy drinker and the glutton will come to poverty , And drowsiness will clothe one with rags 22  Listen to your father who begot you, And do not despise your mother when she is old . 23  Buy truth , and do not sell it, Get wisdom and instruction and understanding . 24  The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice , And he who sires a wise son will be glad in him. 25  Let your father and your mother be glad , And let her rejoice who gave birth to you. 26  Give me your heart , my son , And let your eyes delight in my ways . 27  For a harlot is a deep pit And an adulterous woman is a narrow well . 28  Surely she lurks as a robber , And increases the faithless among men .

29  Who has woe ? Who has sorrow ? Who has contentions ? Who has complaining ? Who has wounds without cause ? Who has redness of eyes ? 30  Those who linger long over wine , Those who go to taste mixed wine . 31  Do not look on the wine when it is red , When it sparkles e in the cup , When it goes down smoothly ; 32  At the last it bites like a serpent And stings like a viper . 33  Your eyes will see strange things And your mind will utter perverse things . 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 . 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 e drink."


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