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PROVERBS ยท Chapter 23

23:1 When you sit to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before you:
23:2 And put a knife to your throat, if you be a man given to appetite.
23:3 Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful food.
23:4 Labour not to be rich: cease from your own wisdom.
23:5 Will you set your eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
23:6 Eat you not the bread of him that has an evil eye, neither desire you his dainty meats:
23:7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, says he to you; but his heart is not with you.
23:8 The morsel which you have eaten shall you vomit up, and lose your sweet words.
23:9 Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of your words.
23:10 Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless:
23:11 For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead their cause with you.
23:12 Apply your heart unto instruction, and your ears to the words of knowledge.
23:13 Withhold not correction from the child: for if you beat him with the rod, he shall not die.
23:14 You shall beat him with the rod, and shall deliver his soul from hell.
23:15 My son, if your heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine.
23:16 Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when your lips speak right things.
23:17 Let not your heart envy sinners: but be you in the fear of the LORD all the day long.
23:18 For surely there is an end; and your expectation shall not be cut off.
23:19 Hear you, my son, and be wise, and guide your heart in the way.
23:20 Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:
23:21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.
23:22 Hearken unto your father that brings forth you, and despise not your mother when she is old.
23:23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
23:24 The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that bring forths a wise child shall have joy of him.
23:25 Your father and your mother shall be glad, and she that bare you shall rejoice.
23:26 My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.
23:27 For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit.
23:28 She also lies in wait as for a prey, and increases the transgressors among men.
23:29 Who has woe? who has sorrow? who has contentions? who has babbling? who has wounds without cause? who has redness of eyes?
23:30 They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.
23:31 Look not you upon the wine when it is red, when it gives his colour in the cup, when it moves itself aright.
23:32 At the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like an adder.
23:33 your eyes shall behold strange women, and your heart shall utter perverse things.
23:34 Yea, you shall be as he that lies down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lies upon the top of a mast.
23:35 They have stricken me, shall you say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.

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