Bishops' Bible

Proverbs 23

Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices (10-24).

Proverbs 23:1 When thou sittest to eate with a noble man, consider diligently what is set before thee. Proverbs 23:2 Measure thyne appetite if it be gredyly set. Proverbs 23:3 Be not desirous of his daintie meates, for meate begyleth and deceaueth. Proverbs 23:4 Take not ouer great trauayle to be riche, beware of suche a purpose. Proverbs 23:5 Wylt thou set thyne eye vpon the thing which sodenly vanisheth away? For riches make them selues wynges, and take their flight lyke an Egle into the ayre. Proverbs 23:6 Eate thou not the bread of hym that hath an euyll eye: neither desire thou his daintie meate. Proverbs 23:7 For as though he thought it in his heart, he saith, eate and drinke: where as his heart is not with thee. Proverbs 23:8 The morsels that thou hast eaten shalt thou parbreake, and loose those sweete wordes. Proverbs 23:9 Tell nothing into the eares of a foole: for he wyll despise the wysdome of thy wordes. Proverbs 23:10 Remoue not the olde lande marke, and come not within the fielde of the fatherlesse: Proverbs 23:11 For their redeemer is mightie, euen he shall defend their cause against thee. Proverbs 23:12 Applye thyne heart vnto correction, and thyne eare to the wordes of knowledge. Proverbs 23:13 Withholde not correction from the chylde: for if thou beatest hym with the rodde, he shall not dye thereof: Proverbs 23:14 If thou smyte hym with the rodde, thou shalt deliuer his soule from hell. Proverbs 23:15 My sonne if thy heart receaue wysdome, my heart also shall reioyce: Proverbs 23:16 Yea my raynes shalbe very glad, if thy lippes speake the thing that is right. Proverbs 23:17 Let not thyne heart be ielous to folowe sinners, but kepe thee styll in the feare of the Lorde all the day long: Proverbs 23:18 For veryly there is an ende, and thy pacient abiding shall not be cut of. Proverbs 23:19 My sonne geue eare and be wyse, and set straight thyne heart in the way [of the Lorde.] Proverbs 23:20 Kepe not company with wine bibbers, and riotous eaters of fleshe: Proverbs 23:21 For suche as be drunkardes and riotours shall come to pouertie: and he that is geuen to muche sleepe, shall go with a ragged coate. Proverbs 23:22 Geue eare vnto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is olde. Proverbs 23:23 Purchase trueth, wysdome, nurture, and vnderstanding, and sell them not. Proverbs 23:24 The father of the righteous shall greatly reioyce: and he that begetteth a wyse chylde, shall haue ioy of hym. Proverbs 23:25 [Do so that] thy father and mother may be glad of thee, and that she that bare thee may reioyce. Proverbs 23:26 My sonne geue me thyne heart, and let thyne eyes haue pleasure in my wayes: Proverbs 23:27 For an whore is a deepe graue, and a straunge woman is a narowe pit. Proverbs 23:28 She lyeth in wayte as for a pray, and increaseth the transgressours amongst men. Proverbs 23:29 Who hath wo? who hath sorowe? who hath strife? who hath brawling? and who hath woundes without a cause? Proverbs 23:30 Or who hath red eyes? euen they that be euer at the wine, & seeke excesse. Proverbs 23:31 Looke not thou vpon the wine howe red it is, and what a colour it geueth in the glasse: Proverbs 23:32 It goeth downe sweetely, but at the last it byteth like a serpent, and stingeth lyke an adder. Proverbs 23:33 Thyne eyes shall beholde straunge women, and thyne heart shall vtter lewde thinges: Proverbs 23:34 Yea thou shalt be as though thou layest in the middest of the sea, or slepest vppon the top of the maste of a ship. Proverbs 23:35 They haue beaten me [shalt thou say] and I was not sicke, they haue stricken me, and I felt it not: When I am well wakened, I wil go to the drinke again.

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