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Proverbs 23

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

Proverbs 23:1 When thou syttest at the table to eate wt a lorde, ordre thy self manerly wt ye thinges Proverbs 23:2 that are set before ye Measure thine appetite: Proverbs 23:3 and yf thou wilt rule thine owne self, be not ouer gredy of his meate, for meate begyleth and disceaueth. Proverbs 23:4 Take not ouer greate trauayle and labor to be riche, bewarre of soch a purpose. Proverbs 23:5 Why wilt thou set thine eye vpon ye thinge, which sodenly vanisheth awaye? For riches make them selues wynges, and take their flight like an Aegle in to ye ayre. Proverbs 23:6 Eate not thou wt ye envyous, and desyre no his meate, Proverbs 23:7 for he hath a maruelous herte. He sayeth vnto ye: eate and drynke, where as his herte is not wt ye. Proverbs 23:8 Yee ye morsels that thou hast eaten shalt thou perbreake, and lese those swete wordes. Proverbs 23:9 Tel nothinge in to ye eares of a foole, for he wyl despyse the wysdome of thy wordes. Proverbs 23:10 Remoue not ye olde lande marke, and come not within ye felde of the fatherlesse: Proverbs 23:11 For he yt deliuereth them is mightie, euen he shal defende their cause agaynst the. Proverbs 23:12 Applie thine herte vnto lernynge, and thine eare to the wordes of knowlege. Proverbs 23:13 Witholde not correccion from ye childe, for yf thou beatest him wt the rodde, he shal not dye therof. Proverbs 23:14 Thou smytest him wt the rodde, but thou delyuerest his soule from hell. Proverbs 23:15 My sonne, yf yi herte receaue wysdome, my herte also shal reioyce: Proverbs 23:16 yee my reynes shalbe very glad, yf yi lyppes speake the thinge yt is right. Proverbs 23:17 Let not thine herte be gelous to folowe synners, but kepe ye still in the feare of the LORDE all the daye loge: Proverbs 23:18 for the ende is not yet come, and thy pacient abydinge shal not be in vayne. Proverbs 23:19 My sonne, ue eare & be wyse, so shal thine hert prospere in the waye. Proverbs 23:20 Kepe no company wt wyne bebbers and ryotous eaters of flesh: Proverbs 23:21 for soch as be dronckardes and ryotous, shal come to pouerte, & he that is geuen to moch slepe, shal go wt a ragged cote. Proverbs 23:22 Geue eare vnto thy father that begat the, and despyse not thy mother whan she is olde. Proverbs 23:23 Labor for to get ye treuth: sell not awaye wysdome, nourtor & vnderstodinge Proverbs 23:24 (for a righteous father is maruelous glad of a wyse sonne, & delyteth in hi) Proverbs 23:25 so shal thy father be glad, and thy mother that bare the, shal reioyse. Proverbs 23:26 My sonne, geue me thyne herte, and let thine eyes haue pleasure in my wayes. Proverbs 23:27 For an whore is a depe graue, and an harlot is a narow pytt. Proverbs 23:28 She lurketh like a thefe, and those that be not awarre she brigeth vnto her. Proverbs 23:29 Where is wo? where is sorow? where is strife? where is braulynge? where are woundes without cause? where be reed eyes? Proverbs 23:30 Euen amonge those that be euer at the wyne, and seke out where the best is. Proverbs 23:31 Loke not thou vpon the wyne, how reed it is, and what a color it geueth in the glasse. Proverbs 23:32 It goeth downe softly, but at the last it byteth like a serpet, and styngeth as an Adder. Proverbs 23:33 So shal thine eyes loke vnto straunge women, & thine herte shal muse vpon frowarde thinges. Proverbs 23:34 Yee thou shalt be as though thou slepte, in ye myddest of ye see, or vpo ye toppe of the mast. Proverbs 23:35 They wounded me (shalt thou saie) but it hath not hurte me, they smote me, but I felt it not. Whe I am wel wakened, I wil go to ye drynke agayne.

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