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Proverbs 23:1-35

23  In case you should sit down to feed yourself with a king, you should diligently consider what is before you,+  and you must put a knife to your throat if you are the owner of soul[ful desire].*+  Do not show yourself craving his tasty dishes, as it is the food of lies.+  Do not toil to gain riches.+ Cease from your own understanding.+  Have 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.+  Do not feed yourself with the food of anyone of ungenerous eye,*+ nor show yourself craving his tasty dishes.+  For 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.+  Your morsel that you have eaten, you will vomit it out, and you will have wasted your pleasant words.+  Into the ears of a stupid one do not speak,+ for he will despise your discreet words.+ 10  Do not move back the boundary of long ago,+ and into the field of fatherless boys do not enter.+ 11  For their Redeemer* is strong; he himself will plead their cause with you.+ 12  Do bring your heart to discipline and your ear to the sayings of knowledge.+ 13  Do not hold back discipline from the mere boy.+ In case you beat him with the rod, he will not die. 14  With the rod you yourself should beat him, that you may deliver his very soul from She′ol* itself.+ 15  My son, if your heart has become wise,+ my heart will rejoice, even mine.+ 16  And my kidneys* will exult when your lips speak uprightness.+ 17  Let your heart not be envious of sinners,+ but be in the fear of Jehovah all day long.+ 18  For in that case there will exist a future,+ and your own hope will not be cut off.+ 19  You, O my son, hear and become wise, and lead your heart on in the way.+ 20  Do not come to be among heavy drinkers of wine,+ among those who are gluttonous eaters of flesh.+ 21  For a drunkard and a glutton will come to poverty,+ and drowsiness will clothe one with mere rags.+ 22  Listen to your father who caused your birth,+ and do not despise your mother just because she has grown old.+ 23  Buy truth itself+ and do not sell it—wisdom and discipline and understanding.+ 24  The father of a righteous one will without fail be joyful;+ the one becoming father to a wise one will also rejoice in him.+ 25  Your father and your mother will rejoice, and she that gave birth to you will be joyful.+ 26  My son, do give your heart to me, and may those eyes of yours take pleasure in my own ways.+ 27  For a prostitute is a deep pit+ and a foreign woman is a narrow well. 28  Surely she, just like a robber, lies in wait;+ and among men she increases the treacherous ones.+ 29  Who has woe? Who has uneasiness? Who has contentions?+ Who has concern? Who has wounds for no reason? Who has dullness of eyes? 30  Those staying a long time with the wine,+ those coming in to search out mixed wine.+ 31  Do 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. 32  At its end it bites just like a serpent,+ and it secretes poison just like a viper.+ 33  Your own eyes will see strange things,* and your own heart will speak perverse things.+ 34  And 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.”+


Lit., “soul.” Heb., ne′phesh; Lat., a′ni·mam.
Lit., “evil as to eye.” Heb., raʽ ʽa′yin.
“Their Redeemer (Repurchaser).” By extension of thought, “their Avenger (Vindicator).” Heb., gho·ʼalam′. See Job 19:25 and Ps 19:14 ftns.
“From Sheol.” Heb., mish·sheʼohl′; LXX, “death”; Syr., shiul; Lat., in·fer′no. See App 4B.
Or, “my deepest emotions.” Heb., khil·yoh·thai′.
Or, “strange women.”