23:1 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, a consider diligently what [is] before thee:
(a) Eat with sobriety.
23:2 b And
put a knife to thy throat, if thou [art] a man given to appetite.
(b) Bridle your appetite, as if by force and
23:3 Be not desirous of his dainties: c
for they [are] deceitful food.
(c) For often the rich when they bid their
inferiors to their tables, it is not for the love they bear them, but for
their own secret purposes.
23:4 Labour not to be rich: cease from thy own d
(d) Bestow not the gifts that God has given you,
to get worldly riches.
23:6 Eat thou not the bread of
[him that hath] an e evil eye, neither
desire thou his delicacies:
(e) That is, covetous, as contrary a good eye is
taken for liberal as in (Proverbs
23:8 The f
morsel [which] thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words.
(f) He will not cease till he has done you some
harm, and his flattering words will come to no use.
Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from g
(g) That is, from destruction.
For surely there is an end; h and thy
expectation shall not be cut off.
(h) The prosperity of the wicked will not
23:19 Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thy
heart in the i way.
(i) In the observation of God's commandments.
Buy k the truth, and sell [it] not;
[also] wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
(k) Spare no cost for truths sake, neither depart
from it for any gain.
My son, give me l thy heart, and let thy
eyes observe my ways.
(l) Give yourself wholly to wisdom.
23:28 She also lieth in wait
as [for] a prey, m and increaseth the
transgressors among men.
(m) She seduces many and causes them to offend
23:30 They that tarry long at
the wine; they that go n to seek mixed
(n) Who by art make wine stronger and more
Thy o eyes shall behold strange women,
and thy heart shall utter perverse things.
(o) That is, drunkenness will bring you to
23:34 And thou shalt be as he that lieth down in
the midst of the p sea, or as he that
lieth upon the top of a mast.
(p) In such great danger will you be.
23:35 They have stricken me, [shalt thou say, and]
I was not sick; they have beaten me, [and] I felt [it] not: when shall I awake?
I will q seek it yet again.
(q) Though drunkenness makes them more insensible
then beasts, yet they can not refrain.