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Proverbs 23

Proverbs 23:1  
When you sit to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before you;

Proverbs 23:2  
put a knife to your throat if you are a man given to appetite.

Proverbs 23:3  
Don’t be desirous of his dainties, since they are deceitful food.

Proverbs 23:4  
Don’t weary yourself to be rich. In your wisdom, show restraint.

Proverbs 23:5  
Why do you set your eyes on that which is not? For it certainly sprouts wings like an eagle and flies in the sky.

Proverbs 23:6  
Don’t eat the food of him who has a stingy eye, and don’t crave his delicacies,

Proverbs 23:7  
for as he thinks about the cost, so he is. “Eat and drink!” he says to you, but his heart is not with you.

Proverbs 23:8  
You will vomit up the morsel which you have eaten and waste your pleasant words.

Proverbs 23:9  
Don’t speak in the ears of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words.

Proverbs 23:10  
Don’t move the ancient boundary stone. Don’t encroach on the fields of the fatherless,

Proverbs 23:11  
for their Defender is strong. He will plead their case against you.

Proverbs 23:12  
Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to the words of knowledge.

Proverbs 23:13  
Don’t withhold correction from a child. If you punish him with the rod, he will not die.

Proverbs 23:14  
Punish him with the rod, and save his soul from Sheol.

Proverbs 23:15  
My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad, even mine.

Proverbs 23:16  
Yes, my heart will rejoice when your lips speak what is right.

Proverbs 23:17  
Don’t let your heart envy sinners, but rather fear Yahweh all day long.

Proverbs 23:18  
Indeed surely there is a future hope, and your hope will not be cut off.

Proverbs 23:19  
Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path!

Proverbs 23:20  
Don’t be among ones drinking too much wine, or those who gorge themselves on meat;

Proverbs 23:21  
for the drunkard and the glutton shall become poor; and drowsiness clothes them in rags.

Proverbs 23:22  
Listen to your father who gave you life, and don’t despise your mother when she is old.

Proverbs 23:23  
Buy the truth, and don’t sell it. Get wisdom, discipline, and understanding.

Proverbs 23:24  
The father of the righteous has great joy. Whoever fathers a wise child delights in him.

Proverbs 23:25  
Let your father and your mother be glad! Let her who bore you rejoice!

Proverbs 23:26  
My son, give me your heart; and let your eyes keep in my ways.

Proverbs 23:27  
For a prostitute is a deep pit; and a wayward wife is a narrow well.

Proverbs 23:28  
Yes, she lies in wait like a robber, and increases the unfaithful among men.

Proverbs 23:29  
Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?

Proverbs 23:30  
Those who stay long at the wine; those who go to seek out mixed wine.

Proverbs 23:31  
Don’t look at the wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly.

Proverbs 23:32  
In the end, it bites like a snake, and poisons like a viper.

Proverbs 23:33  
Your eyes will see strange things, and your mind will imagine confusing things.

Proverbs 23:34  
Yes, you will be as he who lies down in the middle of the sea, or as he who lies on top of the rigging:

Proverbs 23:35  
“They hit me, and I was not hurt! They beat me, and I don’t feel it! When will I wake up? I can do it again. I will look for more.”


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