Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices (10-24).
Proverbs 23:1 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what [is] before thee: Proverbs 23:2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou [art] a man given to appetite. Proverbs 23:3 Be not desirous of his dainties: for they [are] deceitful food. Proverbs 23:4 Labor not to be rich: cease from thy own wisdom. Proverbs 23:5 Wilt thou set thy eyes upon that which is not? for [riches] certainly make to themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle towards 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 thinketh in his heart, 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 ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words. Proverbs 23:10 Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless: Proverbs 23:11 For their redeemer [is] mighty; he will plead their cause with thee. Proverbs 23:12 Apply thy heart to instruction, and thy ears to the words of knowledge. Proverbs 23:13 Withhold not correction from the child: for [if] thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Proverbs 23:14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell. Proverbs 23:15 My son, if thy heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine. Proverbs 23:16 Yes, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things. 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 For surely there is an end; and thy expectation shall not be cut off. Proverbs 23:19 Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thy heart in the way. Proverbs 23:20 Be not among wine-bibbers; among riotous 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 to thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old. Proverbs 23:23 Buy the truth, and sell [it] not; [also] 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 Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bore thee shall rejoice. Proverbs 23:26 My son, give me thy heart, and let thy eyes observe my ways. Proverbs 23:27 For a lewd woman [is] a deep ditch; and a strange woman [is] a narrow pit. Proverbs 23:28 She also lieth in wait as [for] a prey, and increaseth the transgressors among men. Proverbs 23:29 Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? 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 mixed wine. Proverbs 23:31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth its color in the cup, [when] it moveth itself aright. Proverbs 23:32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. Proverbs 23:33 Thy eyes shall behold strange women, and thy heart shall utter perverse things. Proverbs 23:34 And 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, [wilt thou say], [and] I was not sick; they have beaten me, [and] I felt [it] not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.