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Proverbs 23

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

Proverbs 23:1 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently him that is before thee; Proverbs 23:2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. Proverbs 23:3 Be not desirous of his dainties; seeing they are deceitful meat. Proverbs 23:4 Weary not thyself to be rich; cease from thine own wisdom. Proverbs 23:5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for [riches] certainly make themselves wings, like an eagle that flieth toward heaven. Proverbs 23:6 Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainties: Proverbs 23:7 For as he reckoneth within himself, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee. Proverbs 23:8 The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words. Proverbs 23:9 Speak not in the hearing of a fool; for he will despise the wisdom of thy words. Proverbs 23:10 Remove not the ancient landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless: Proverbs 23:11 For their redeemer is strong; he shall plead their cause against thee. Proverbs 23:12 Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge. Proverbs 23:13 Withhold not correction from the child: [for] if thou beat him with the rod, he shall not die. Proverbs 23:14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from Sheol. Proverbs 23:15 My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall be glad, even mine: Proverbs 23:16 Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things. Proverbs 23:17 Let not thine heart envy sinners: but [be thou] in the fear of the LORD all the day long: Proverbs 23:18 For surely there is a reward; and thy hope shall not be cut off. Proverbs 23:19 Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way. Proverbs 23:20 Be not among winebibbers; among gluttonous eaters of flesh: Proverbs 23:21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe [a man] with rags. Proverbs 23:22 Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old. Proverbs 23:23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; [yea], wisdom, and instruction, and understanding. Proverbs 23:24 The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him. Proverbs 23:25 Let thy father and thy mother be glad, and let her that bare thee rejoice. Proverbs 23:26 My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes delight in my ways. Proverbs 23:27 For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit. Proverbs 23:28 Yea, she lieth in wait as a robber, and increaseth the treacherous among men. Proverbs 23:29 Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath complaining? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? Proverbs 23:30 They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek out mixed wine. Proverbs 23:31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth its colour in the cup, when it goeth down smoothly. Proverbs 23:32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. Proverbs 23:33 Thine eyes shall behold strange things, and thine heart shall utter froward things. Proverbs 23:34 Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. Proverbs 23:35 They have stricken me, [shalt thou say], and I was not hurt; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.

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