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Proverbs, Chapter 23
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   1: When you sit to eat with a ruler, Consider diligently what is before you;
   2: Put a knife to your throat, If you are a man given to appetite.
   3: Don't be desirous of his dainties, Seeing they are deceitful food.
   4: Don't weary yourself to be rich. In your wisdom, show restraint.
   5: Why do you set your eyes on that which is not? For it certainly sprouts wings like an eagle and flies in the sky.
   6: Don't eat the food of him who has a stingy eye, And don't crave his delicacies:
   7: For as he thinks about the cost, so he is. "Eat and drink!" he says to you, But his heart is not with you.
   8: The morsel which you have eaten you shall vomit up, And lose your good words.
   9: Don't speak in the ears of a fool, For he will despise the wisdom of your words.
   10: Don't move the ancient boundary stone. Don't encroach on the fields of the fatherless:
   11: For their Defender is strong. He will plead their case against you.
   12: Apply your heart to instruction, And your ears to the words of knowledge.
   13: Don't withhold correction from a child. If you punish him with the rod, he will not die.
   14: Punish him with the rod, And save his soul from Sheol.
   15: My son, if your heart is wise, Then my heart will be glad, even mine:
   16: Yes, my heart will rejoice, When your lips speak what is right.
   17: Don't let your heart envy sinners; But rather fear Yahweh all the day long.
   18: Indeed surely there is a future hope, And your hope will not be cut off.
   19: Listen, my son, and be wise, And keep your heart on the right path!
   20: Don't be among ones drinking too much wine, Or those who gorge themselves on meat:
   21: For the drunkard and the glutton shall become poor; And drowsiness clothes them in rags.
   22: Listen to your father who gave you life, And don't despise your mother when she is old.
   23: Buy the truth, and don't sell it: Get wisdom, discipline, and understanding.
   24: The father of the righteous has great joy. Whoever fathers a wise child delights in him.
   25: Let your father and your mother be glad! Let her who bore you rejoice!
   26: My son, give me your heart; And let your eyes keep in my ways.
   27: For a prostitute is a deep pit; And a wayward wife is a narrow well.
   28: Yes, she lies in wait like a robber, And increases the unfaithful among men.
   29: Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?
   30: Those who stay long at the wine; Those who go to seek out mixed wine.
   31: Don't look at the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, When it goes down smoothly:
   32: At the last it bites like a snake, And poisons like a viper.
   33: Your eyes will see strange things, And your mind will imagine confusing things.
   34: Yes, you will be as he who lies down in the midst of the sea, Or as he who lies on top of the rigging:
   35: "They hit me, and I was not hurt; They beat me, and I don't feel it! When will I wake up? I can do it again. I can find another."

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