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1When you sit down to dine with a ruler,
consider carefully what # Or who is before you,
2and put a knife to your throat
if you have a big # Lit you are the master of an appetite;
3don’t desire his choice food, #Gn 27:4Pr 23:6Dn 1:8
for that food is deceptive.
4Don’t wear yourself out to get rich; #Pr 15:27|NoBook| 28:20Mt 6:191Tm 6:9-10Heb 13:5
stop giving your attention to it.
5As soon as your eyes fly to it, it disappears, #Pr 27:24
for it makes wings for itself
and flies like an eagle to the sky.
6Don’t eat a stingy person’s bread, # Lit eat bread of an evil eye #Dt 15:9Pr 28:22Mt 6:23
and don’t desire his choice food, #Pr 23:3
7for it’s like someone calculating inwardly. # LXX reads it is like someone swallowing a hair in the throat #Mt 6:21Lk 12:34
“Eat and drink,” he says to you,
but his heart is not with you. #Pr 26:24-25
8You will vomit the little you’ve eaten
and waste your pleasant words.
9Don’t speak to # Lit in the ears of a fool,
for he will despise the insight of your words. #Mt 7:6
10Don’t move an ancient boundary marker, #Pr 22:28
and don’t encroach on the fields of the fatherless,
11for their Redeemer is strong, #Jr 50:34
and He will take up their case against you. #Pr 22:22-23
12Apply yourself to discipline
and listen to words of knowledge.
13Don’t withhold discipline from a youth;
if you beat him with a rod, he will not die. #Pr 13:24|NoBook| 19:18|NoBook| 22:15
14Strike him with a rod,
and you will rescue his life from Sheol. #1Co 5:5
15My son, if your heart is wise,
my heart will indeed rejoice. #Pr 10:1|NoBook| 15:2023:24-25|NoBook| 29:3
16My innermost being will cheer
when your lips say what is right. #Pr 8:6
17Don’t let your heart envy sinners; #Ps 37:1Pr 24:1
instead, always fear the Lord. #Pr 28:14
18For then you will have a future,
and your hope will never fade. #Ps 9:18Pr 10:28|NoBook| 24:14Jr 29:11
19Listen, my son, and be wise;
keep your mind on the right course.
20Don’t associate with those who drink too much wine #Pr 20:123:29-30Is 5:22Mt 24:49Lk 21:34Rm 13:13Eph 5:18
or with those who gorge themselves on meat. #Pr 28:7
21For the drunkard and the glutton will become poor,
and grogginess will clothe them in rags. #Pr 6:10-11
22Listen to your father who gave you life,
and don’t despise your mother when # Or because she is old. #Pr 1:8|NoBook| 15:20Eph 6:1
23Buy — and do not sell — truth,
wisdom, instruction, and understanding. #Pr 4:5|NoBook| 16:16|NoBook| 18:15Mt 13:44
24The father of a righteous son will rejoice greatly,
and one who fathers a wise son will delight in him. #Pr 10:1|NoBook| 23:15|NoBook| 29:3
25Let your father and mother have joy, #Pr 27:11
and let her who gave birth to you rejoice.
26My son, give me your heart,
and let your eyes observe my ways.
27For a prostitute is a deep pit, #Pr 22:14
and a stranger is a narrow well;
28indeed, she sets an ambush like a robber #Pr 6:26|NoBook| 7:12Ec 7:26
and increases those among men who are unfaithful.
29Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
Who has conflicts? Who has complaints?
Who has wounds for no reason? #Pr 23:35
Who has red eyes?
30Those who linger over wine,
those who go looking for mixed wine. #Is 5:11
31Don’t gaze at wine because it is red, #Eph 5:18
when it gleams in the cup
and goes down smoothly. #Sg 7:9
32In the end it bites like a snake
and stings like a viper.
33Your eyes will see strange things,
and you will say absurd things. # Or will speak perversities or inverted things #Is 28:7
34You’ll be like someone sleeping out at sea
or lying down on the top of a ship’s mast.
35“They struck me, but # LXX, Syr, Tg, Vg read me,” you will say, “But I feel no pain!
They beat me, but I didn’t know it! #Pr 23:29Jr 5:3
When will I wake up?
I’ll look for another drink.” #Is 56:12

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