1In case you should sit down to feed yourself with a king, you should diligently consider what is before you,2and you must put a knife to your throat if you are the owner of soul[ful desire].3Do not show yourself craving his tasty dishes, as it is the food of lies.
4Do not toil to gain riches. Cease from your own understanding.5Have you caused your eyes to glance at it, when it is nothing? For without fail it makes wings for itself like those of an eagle and flies away toward the heavens.
6Do not feed yourself with the food of anyone of ungenerous eye, nor show yourself craving his tasty dishes.7For as one that has calculated within his soul, so he is. “Eat and drink,” he says to you, but his heart itself is not with you.8Your morsel that you have eaten, you will vomit it out, and you will have wasted your pleasant words.
9Into the ears of a stupid one do not speak, for he will despise your discreet words.
12Do bring your heart to discipline and your ear to the sayings of knowledge.
19You, O my son, hear and become wise, and lead your heart on in the way.
22Listen to your father who caused your birth, and do not despise your mother just because she has grown old.23Buy truth itself and do not sell it—wisdom and discipline and understanding.24The father of a righteous one will without fail be joyful; the one becoming father to a wise one will also rejoice in him.25Your father and your mother will rejoice, and she that gave birth to you will be joyful.
26My son, do give your heart to me, and may those eyes of yours take pleasure in my own ways.27For a prostitute is a deep pit and a foreign woman is a narrow well.28Surely she, just like a robber, lies in wait; and among men she increases the treacherous ones.
29Who has woe? Who has uneasiness? Who has contentions? Who has concern? Who has wounds for no reason? Who has dullness of eyes?30Those staying a long time with the wine, those coming in to search out mixed wine.31Do not look at wine when it exhibits a red color, when it gives off its sparkle in the cup, [when] it goes with a slickness.32At its end it bites just like a serpent, and it secretes poison just like a viper.33Your own eyes will see strange things, and your own heart will speak perverse things.34And you will certainly become like one lying down in the heart of the sea, even like one lying down at the top of a mast.35“They have struck me, but I did not become sick; they have smitten me, but I did not know it. When shall I wake up? I shall seek it yet some more.”