1: When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what [is] before thee: 2: And put a knife to thy throat, if thou [art] a man given to appetite. 3: Be not desirous of his dainties: for they [are] deceitful food. 4: Labor not to be rich: cease from thy own wisdom. 5: Wilt thou set thy eyes upon that which is not? for [riches] certainly make to themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle towards heaven. 6: Eat thou not the bread of [him that hath] an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainties: 7: For as he thinketh in his heart, 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 ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words. 10: Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless: 11: For their redeemer [is] mighty; he will plead their cause with thee. 12: Apply thy heart to instruction, and thy 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 hell. 15: My son, if thy heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine. 16: Yes, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things. 17: Let not thy heart envy sinners: but [be thou] in the fear of the LORD all the day long. 18: For surely there is an end; and thy expectation shall not be cut off. 19: Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thy heart in the way. 20: Be not among wine-bibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: 21: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe [a man] with rags. 22: Hearken to thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old. 23: Buy the truth, and sell [it] not; [also] wisdom, and instruction, and understanding. 24: The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise [child] shall have joy of him. 25: Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bore thee shall rejoice. 26: My son, give me thy heart, and let thy eyes observe my ways. 27: For a lewd woman [is] a deep ditch; and a strange woman [is] a narrow pit. 28: She also lieth in wait as [for] a prey, and increaseth the transgressors among men. 29: Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? 30: They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. 31: Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth its color in the cup, [when] it moveth itself aright. 32: At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. 33: Thy eyes shall behold strange women, and thy heart shall utter perverse things. 34: And 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, [wilt thou say], [and] I was not sick; they have beaten me, [and] I felt [it] not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.