Proverbs 23:19-35

Proverbs 23:19-35 AMPC

Hear, my son, and be wise, and direct your mind in the way [of the Lord]. Do not associate with winebibbers; be not among them nor among gluttonous eaters of meat, [Isa. 5:22; Luke 21:34; Rom. 13:13; Eph. 5:18.] For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty, and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags. Hearken to your father, who begot you, and despise not your mother when she is old. Buy the truth and sell it not; not only that, but also get discernment and judgment, instruction and understanding. The father of the [uncompromisingly] righteous (the upright, in right standing with God) shall greatly rejoice, and he who becomes the father of a wise child shall have joy in him. Let your father and your mother be glad, and let her who bore you rejoice. My son, give me your heart and let your eyes observe and delight in my ways, For a harlot is a deep ditch, and a loose woman is a narrow pit. She also lies in wait as a robber or as one waits for prey, and she increases the treacherous among men. Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness and dimness of eyes? Those who tarry long at the wine, those who go to seek and try mixed wine. [Prov. 20:1; Eph. 5:18.] Do not look at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the wineglass, when it goes down smoothly. At the last it bites like a serpent and stings like an adder. [Under the influence of wine] your eyes will behold strange things [and loose women] and your mind will utter things turned the wrong way [untrue, incorrect, and petulant]. Yes, you will be [as unsteady] as he who lies down in the midst of the sea, and [as open to disaster] as he who lies upon the top of a mast. You will say, They struck me, but I was not hurt! They beat me [as with a hammer], but I did not feel it! When shall I awake? I will crave and seek more wine again [and escape reality].
AMPC: Amplified Bible, Classic Edition
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