Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices (10-24).
Proverbs 23:1 When thou sittest to eate with a ruler, consider diligently what [is] before thee. Proverbs 23:2 And put a knife to thy throate, if thou be a man giuen to appetite. Proverbs 23:3 Be not desirous of his dainties: for they [are] deceitfull meate. Proverbs 23:4 Labour not to bee rich: cease from thine owne wisedome. Proverbs 23:5 Wilt thou set thine eyes vpon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselues wings, they fly away as an Eagle toward heauen. Proverbs 23:6 Eate thou not the bread of [him that hath] an euill eye, neither desire thou his dainty meates. Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eate, and drinke, sayth he to thee, but his heart [is] not with thee. Proverbs 23:8 The morsell [which] thou hast eaten, shalt thou vomite vp, and loose thy sweete words. Proverbs 23:9 Speake not in the eares of a foole: for hee will despise the wisedome of thy words. Proverbs 23:10 Remoue not the old landmarke; and enter not into the fields of the fatherlesse. Proverbs 23:11 For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead their cause with thee. Proverbs 23:12 Apply thine heart vnto instruction, and thine eares to the words of knowledge. Proverbs 23:13 Withhold not correction from the child: for [if] thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Proverbs 23:14 Thou shalt beate him with the rod, and shalt deliuer his soule from hell. Proverbs 23:15 My sonne, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall reioyce, euen mine. Proverbs 23:16 Yea my reines shall reioyce, when thy lippes speake right things. Proverbs 23:17 Let not thine heart enuy sinners, but [be thou] in the feare of the LORD all the day long. Proverbs 23:18 For surely there is an end, and thine expectation shall not be cut off. Proverbs 23:19 Heare thou, my sonne, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way. Proverbs 23:20 Be not amongst wine-bibbers; amongst riotous eaters of flesh. Proverbs 23:21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to pouerty; and drousinesse shall cloath [a man] with ragges. Proverbs 23:22 Hearken vnto thy father that begate thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old. Proverbs 23:23 Buy the trueth, and sell it not; [also] wisedome and instruction and vnderstanding. Proverbs 23:24 The father of the righteous shall greatly reioyce: and he that begetteth a wise [child], shall haue ioy of him. Proverbs 23:25 Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall reioyce. Proverbs 23:26 My sonne, giue me thine heart, and let thine eyes obserue my wayes. Proverbs 23:27 For an whore [is] a deepe ditch; and a strange woman [is] a narrow pit. Proverbs 23:28 She also lyeth in wait as [for] a pray, and increaseth the transgressours among men. Proverbs 23:29 Who [hath] woe? who [hath] sorrow? who [hath] contentions? who [hath] babbling? who [hath] wounds without cause? who [hath] rednesse of eyes? Proverbs 23:30 They that tarry long at the wine, they that goe to seeke mixt wine. Proverbs 23:31 Looke not thou vpon the wine when it is red, when it giueth his colour in the cup, [when] it moueth it selfe aright. Proverbs 23:32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. Proverbs 23:33 Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall vtter peruerse things. Proverbs 23:34 Yea thou shalt be as he that lyeth downe in the midst of the sea, or as he that lyeth vpon the top of a mast. Proverbs 23:35 They haue striken me, [shalt thou say, and] I was not sicke: they haue beaten me, [and] I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seeke it yet againe.