Proverbs 23
Advice About Appetites
1When you sit down to dine with a ruler, consider carefully what is set before you,
2and put a knife to your throat if you possess a large appetite.
3Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive.
4Do not wear yourself out to get rich. Be wise enough to restrain yourself.
5When you cast your eyes 0n riches, it is gone; for it surely sprouts wings and flies off into the sky like an eagle.
6Do not eat the food of a stingy person, or desire his delicacies.
7For as he thinks within himself, so is he. “Eat and drink”, he says to you, but his heart is not with you.
8You will vomit up the morsel you ate, and will waste your pleasant words.
9Do not speak in the ears of a fool, for he will disdain the wisdom of your words.
10Do not move an ancient boundary stone, or encroach on fields of the fatherless,
11for their redeemer is strong. He will plead their case against you.
12Apply your heart to discipline and your ears to words of knowledge.
13Do not withhold correction from a child. If you strike him with a rod, he will not die.
14Punish him with a rod, and deliver his soul from Sheol.
Wisdom’s Path to the Future
15My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart also will be glad.
16Yes, my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right.
17Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be in the fear of Adonai.
18For surely there is a future, and your hope will never be cut off.
19Listen, my son, and be wise, and guide your heart in the right way.
20Do not join those drinking too much wine or gorging on meat,
21for both drunkards and gluttons will be impoverished— grogginess will clothe them with rags.
22Listen to your father who begot you and do not despise your mother when she is old.
23Acquire truth and do not sell it, acquire wisdom, instruction and understanding.
24The father of a righteous one rejoices greatly. Whoever fathers a wise child delights in him.
25Let your father and your mother be glad, let she who bore you rejoice!
26My son, give your heart to me, and let your eyes observe my ways.
27For a prostitute is a deep pit, an adulterous woman is a narrow pit.
28Indeed, she lies in wait like a robber, and increases the unfaithful among men.
Lingering Long Over Wine
29Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has fights? Who has complaining? Who has bruises for no reason? Who has red eyes?
30Those who linger long over wine, who go looking for mixed wine.
31Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it glides down smoothly.
32In the end it bites like a serpent and stings like a viper.
33Your eyes will see strange things. Your heart will utter perverse things.
34Then you will be like one lying down in the heart of the sea, or sprawled on the top of a mast.
35“They hit me! But I was not hurt. They beat me up! But I did not feel it. When will I wake up? I will look for another drink.”

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