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Proverbs, Chapter 23
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   1: When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider well who 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; for they are deceitful food.
   4: Weary not thyself to become rich; cease from thine own intelligence:
   5: wilt thou set thine eyes upon it, it is gone; for indeed it maketh itself wings and it flieth away as an eagle towards the heavens.
   6: Eat thou not the food of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainties.
   7: For as he thinketh in his soul, so is he. Eat and drink! will he say unto thee; but his heart is not with thee.
   8: Thy morsel which thou hast eaten must thou vomit up, and thou wilt have wasted thy sweet words.
   9: Speak not in the ears of a foolish [man], 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 mighty; 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 beatest him with the rod, he shall 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 shall rejoice, even mine;
   16: and my reins shall exult, when thy lips speak right things.
   17: Let not thy heart envy sinners, but [be thou] in the fear of Jehovah all the day;
   18: for surely there is a result, and thine expectation shall not be cut off.
   19: Thou, my son, hear and be wise, and direct thy heart in the way.
   20: Be not among winebibbers, among riotous eaters of flesh.
   21: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty; and drowsiness clotheth 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; wisdom, and instruction, and intelligence.
   24: The father of a righteous [man] shall greatly rejoice, and he that begetteth a wise [son] shall have joy of him:
   25: let thy father and thy mother have joy, and let her that bore thee rejoice.
   26: My son, give me thy heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.
   27: For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit.
   28: She also lieth in wait as a robber, and increaseth the treacherous among men.
   29: Who hath woe? Who hath sorrow? Who contentions? Who complaining? Who wounds without cause? Who redness of eyes?
   30: -- They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to try mixed wine.
   31: Look not upon the wine when it is red, when it sparkleth in the cup, and goeth down smoothly:
   32: at the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
   33: Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thy heart shall speak froward things;
   34: and thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, and as he that lieth down upon the top of a mast:
   35: -- ''They have smitten me, [and] I am not sore; they have beaten me, [and] I knew it not. When shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.''

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