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Proverbs, Chapter 23
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   1: When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, Consider diligently him that is before thee;
   2: And put a knife to thy throat, If thou be a man given to appetite.
   3: Be not desirous of his dainties; Seeing they are deceitful food.
   4: Weary not thyself to be rich; Cease from thine own wisdom.
   5: Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? For [riches] certainly make themselves wings, Like an eagle that flieth toward heaven.
   6: Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, Neither desire thou his dainties:
   7: For as he thinketh within himself, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; But his heart is not with thee.
   8: The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, And lose thy sweet words.
   9: Speak not in the hearing of a fool; For he will despise the wisdom of thy words.
   10: Remove not the ancient landmark; And enter not into the fields of the fatherless:
   11: For their Redeemer is strong; He will plead their cause against thee.
   12: Apply thy heart unto instruction, And thine ears to the words of knowledge.
   13: Withhold not correction from the child; [For] if thou beat him with the rod, he will not die.
   14: Thou shalt beat him with the rod, And shalt deliver his soul from Sheol.
   15: My son, if thy heart be wise, My heart will be glad, even mine:
   16: Yea, my heart will rejoice, When thy lips speak right things.
   17: Let not thy heart envy sinners; But [be thou] in the fear of Jehovah all the day long:
   18: For surely there is a reward; And thy hope shall not be cut off.
   19: Hear thou, my son, and be wise, And guide thy heart in the way.
   20: Be not among winebibbers, Among gluttonous eaters of flesh:
   21: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty; And drowsiness will clothe [a man] with rags.
   22: Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, And despise not thy mother when she is old.
   23: Buy the truth, and sell it not; [Yea], wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
   24: The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; And he that begetteth a wise child will have joy of him.
   25: Let thy father and thy mother be glad, And let her that bare thee rejoice.
   26: My son, give me thy heart; And let thine eyes delight in my ways.
   27: For a harlot is a deep ditch; And a foreign woman is a narrow pit.
   28: Yea, she lieth in wait as a robber, And increaseth the treacherous among men.
   29: Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? Who hath complaining? who hath wounds without cause? Who hath redness of eyes?
   30: They that tarry long at the wine; They that go to seek out mixed wine.
   31: Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, When it sparkleth in the cup, When it goeth down smoothly:
   32: At the last it biteth like a serpent, And stingeth like an adder.
   33: Thine eyes shall behold strange things, And thy heart shall utter perverse things.
   34: Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, Or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.
   35: They have stricken me, [shalt thou say], and I was not hurt; They have beaten me, and I felt it not: When shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.

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