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Proverbs 23

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

Proverbs 23:1 When þu syttest at the table to eate wt a Lorde, ordre thy selfe manerly wt the thynges Proverbs 23:2 þt are set before the. Measure thyne appetite: Proverbs 23:3 & yf þu wylt rule thyne awne selfe, be not ouer gredy of hys meate, for meate begyleth & disceaueth. Proverbs 23:4 Take not ouer greate trauayle & labour to be riche, beware of soch a purpose. Proverbs 23:5 Why wilt þu set thyne eye vpon the thynge, which sodenly vanisheth awaye? For riches make them selues winges, & take theyr flyght lyke an Aegle in to þt ayre. Proverbs 23:6 Eate not þu with the ennyous, & desyre not his meat, Proverbs 23:7 for he doth as a man þt pescribeth a mesure to þe in his herte. He sayth vnto the: eate & dryncke, where as his herte is not wt the. Proverbs 23:8 Yee, the morsels þt thou hast eaten shalt þu perbrake & lese those swete wordes. Proverbs 23:9 Tell nothinge in to þe eares of a foole, for he wyll despyse the wysdome of thy wordes. Proverbs 23:10 Remoue not the olde lande marke, & come not within the felde of þe fatherlesse: Proverbs 23:11 For he þt delyuereth them, is mightie, euen he shall defende theyr cause against the. Proverbs 23:12 Applye thyne herte vnto correccion, & thyne eare to the wordes of knowledge. Proverbs 23:13 Witholde not correcion from the childe, for yf þu beatest him wt the rodd, he shall not dye therof. Proverbs 23:14 Yf þu smyte him wt the rodde, þu shalt deliuer his soule from hell. Proverbs 23:15 My sonne, yf thy herte receaue wysdome, my herte also shall reioyce: Proverbs 23:16 yee, my reynes shalbe very glad: yf thy lippes speke the thinge þt is ryght. Proverbs 23:17 Let not thyne herte be gelous to folowe synners, but kepe the styll in the feare of þe Lord all the daye longe: Proverbs 23:18 for the ende is not yet come, & thy pacient abydynge shall not be in vayne. Proverbs 23:19 My sonne, geue eare & be wyse, and set strayte thynehert in the waye of þe Lord. Proverbs 23:20 Kepe no company wt wyne bybbers & ryotous eaters of flesh: Proverbs 23:21 for soch as be dronckardes & ryotous shall come to pouerte, & he þt is geuen to moch slepe, shall go wt a ragged coate. Proverbs 23:22 Geue eare vnto thy father þt begat the, & despyse not thy mother when she is olde. Proverbs 23:23 Labour for to get the trueth: sell yt not awaye, & so do by wysdome, nourtour & vnderstandyng: Proverbs 23:24 for a ryghteous father is maruelous glad of a wyse sonne, and he þt begettith a wyse chylde shall haue gret pleasure of him. Proverbs 23:25 Do so þt thy father & mother may be glad of the, & þt she þt bare the may reioyse. Proverbs 23:26 My sonne, geue me thyne herte, & lett thyne 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 lyke a thefe, and bringeth vnto her such men as be full of vyce. Proverbs 23:29 Who hath wo? Who hath sorow? Who hath strife? Who hath brauling? & who hath woundes without cause Or who hath reed eyes? Proverbs 23:30 Euen they þt be euer at þe wyne, & seke excesse. Proverbs 23:31 Loke not þu vpon þe wyne, how redd it is, & what a colour it geueth in the glasse. Proverbs 23:32 It goeth downe softly, but at þe last it byteth lyke a serpent, & styngeth as an Adder. Proverbs 23:33 So shall thine eyes loke vnto straunge wemen, & thyne herte shall muse vpon frowarde thynges. Proverbs 23:34 Yee, þu shalt be as though þu layest in the myddest of þe see, or sleptest vpon þe toppe of þe mast of a shippe. Proverbs 23:35 They wouded me (shalt þu saye) but it hath not hurte me: they haue all to broken me, but I felt it not. Whan I am well wakened, I will go to þe drincke againe.

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