Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices (10-24).
Proverbs 23:1 When thou shalt sit to eat with a prince, consider diligently what is set before thy face: Proverbs 23:2 And put a knife to thy throat, if it be so that thou have thy soul in thy own power. Proverbs 23:3 Be not desirous of his meats, in which is the bread of deceit. Proverbs 23:4 Labour not to be rich: but set bounds to thy prudence. Proverbs 23:5 Lift not up thy eyes to riches which thou canst not have: because they shall make themselves wings like those of an eagle, and shall fly towards heaven. Proverbs 23:6 Eat not with an envious man, and desire not his meats: Proverbs 23:7 Because, like a soothsayer, and diviner, he thinketh that which he knoweth not. Eat and drink, will he say to thee: and his mind is not with thee. Proverbs 23:8 The meats which thou hadst eaten, thou shalt vomit up: and shalt loose thy beautiful words. Proverbs 23:9 Speak not in the ears of fools: because they will despise the instruction of thy speech. Proverbs 23:10 Touch not the bounds of little ones: and enter not into the field of the fatherless: Proverbs 23:11 For their near kinsman is strong: and he will judge their cause against thee. Proverbs 23:12 Let thy heart apply itself to instruction and thy ears to words of knowledge. Proverbs 23:13 Withhold not correction from a child: for if thou strike him with the rod, he shall not die. Proverbs 23:14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and deliver his soul from hell. Proverbs 23:15 My son, if thy mind be wise, my heart shall rejoice with thee: Proverbs 23:16 And my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips shall speak what is right. Proverbs 23:17 Let not thy heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the Lord all the day long: Proverbs 23:18 Because thou shalt have hope in the latter end, and thy expectation shall not be taken away. Proverbs 23:19 Hear thou, my son, and be wise: and guide thy mind in the way. Proverbs 23:20 Be not in the feasts of great drinkers, nor in their revellings, who contribute flesh to eat: Proverbs 23:21 Because they that give themselves to drinking, and that club together, shall be consumed: and drowsiness shall be clothed with rags. Proverbs 23:22 Hearken to thy father, that begot thee: and despise not thy mother when she is old. Proverbs 23:23 Buy truth, and do not sell wisdom, and instruction, and understanding. Proverbs 23:24 The father of the just rejoiceth greatly: he that hath begotten a wise son, shall have joy in him. Proverbs 23:25 Let thy father and thy mother be joyful, and let her rejoice that bore thee. Proverbs 23:26 My son, give me thy heart: and let thy eyes keep my ways. Proverbs 23:27 For a harlot is a deep ditch: and a strange woman is a narrow pit. Proverbs 23:28 She lieth in wait in the way as a robber, and him whom she shall see unwary, she will kill. Proverbs 23:29 Who hath woe? whose father hath woe? who hath contentions? who falls into pits? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? Proverbs 23:30 Surely they that pass their time in wine, and study to drink off their cups. Proverbs 23:31 Look not upon the wine when it is yellow, when the colour thereof shineth in the glass: it goeth in pleasantly, Proverbs 23:32 But in the end, it will bite like a snake, and will spread abroad poison like a basilisk. Proverbs 23:33 Thy eyes shall behold strange women, and thy heart shall utter perverse things. Proverbs 23:34 And thou shalt be as one sleeping in the midst of the sea, and as a pilot fast asleep when the stern is lost. Proverbs 23:35 And thou shalt say: They have beaten me, but I was not sensible of pain: they drew me, and I felt not: when shall I awake and find wine again?