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 the knife to thy throte, if thou be a man giuen to the appetite. Proverbs 23:3 Be not desirous of his deintie meates: for it is a deceiuable meate. Proverbs 23:4 Trauaile not too much to be rich: but cease from thy wisdome. Proverbs 23:5 Wilt thou cast thine eyes vpon it, which is nothing? For riches taketh her to her wings, as an eagle, and flyeth into the heauen. Proverbs 23:6 Eate thou not the bread of him that hath an euil eye, neither desire his deintie meates. Proverbs 23:7 For as though he thought it in his heart, so will hee say vnto thee, Eate and drinke: but his heart is not with thee. Proverbs 23:8 Thou shalt vomit thy morsels that thou hast eaten, and thou shalt lose thy sweete wordes. Proverbs 23:9 Speake not in the eares of a foole: for hee will despise the wisdome of thy wordes. Proverbs 23:10 Remooue not the ancient boundes, and enter not into the fieldes of the fatherlesse. Proverbs 23:11 For he that redeemeth them, is mightie: he will defend their cause against thee. Proverbs 23:12 Apply thine heart to instruction, and thine eares to the wordes of knowledge. Proverbs 23:13 Withhold not correction from the childe: if thou smite him with the rodde, he shall not die. Proverbs 23:14 Thou shalt smite him with the rodde, and shalt deliuer his soule from hell. Proverbs 23:15 My sonne, if thine heart be wise, mine heart shall reioyce, and I also. Proverbs 23:16 And my reynes shall reioyce, when thy lips speake righteous things. Proverbs 23:17 Let not thine heart bee enuious against sinners: but let it bee in the feare of the Lorde continually. Proverbs 23:18 For surely there is an ende, and thy hope shall not be cut off. Proverbs 23:19 O thou my sonne, heare, and bee wise, and guide thine heart in the way. Proverbs 23:20 Keepe not company with drunkards, nor with gluttons. Proverbs 23:21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall bee poore, and the sleeper shalbe clothed with ragges. Proverbs 23:22 Obey thy father that hath begotten thee, and despise not thy mother when she is olde. Proverbs 23:23 Bye the trueth, but sell it not: likewise wisdome, and instruction, and vnderstanding. Proverbs 23:24 The father of the righteous shal greatly reioyce, and hee that begetteth a wise childe, 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 mee thine heart, and let thine eyes delite in my wayes. Proverbs 23:27 For a whore is as a deepe ditche, and a strange woman is as a narrowe pitte. Proverbs 23:28 Also she lyeth in wait as for a praye, and she increaseth the transgressers among men. Proverbs 23:29 To whome is woe? to whome is sorowe? to whom is strife? to whom is murmuring? to whom are woundes without cause? and to whome is the rednesse of the eyes? Proverbs 23:30 Euen to them that tarie long at the wine, to them that goe, and seeke mixt wine. Proverbs 23:31 Looke not thou vpon the wine, when it is red, and when it sheweth his colour in the cup, or goeth downe pleasantly. Proverbs 23:32 In the ende thereof it will bite like a serpent, and hurt like a cockatrise. Proverbs 23:33 Thine eyes shall looke vpon strange women, and thine heart shall speake lewde things. Proverbs 23:34 And thou shalt bee as one that sleepeth in the middes of the sea, and as hee that sleepeth in the toppe of the maste. Proverbs 23:35 They haue stricken mee, shalt thou say, but I was not sicke: they haue beaten mee, but I knew not, when I awoke: therefore will I seeke it yet still.