||English: New American Standard Bible
Proverbs 23 [Commentary] |
||When you sit down to dine with a ruler,
Consider carefully what is before you,
||And put a knife to your throat
If you are a man of great appetite.
||Do not desire his delicacies,
For it is deceptive food.
||Do not weary yourself to gain wealth,
Cease from your consideration of it.
||When you set your eyes on it, it is gone.
For wealth certainly makes itself wings
Like an eagle that flies toward the heavens.
||Do not eat the bread of a selfish man,
Or desire his delicacies;
||For as he thinks within himself, so he is.
He says to you, "Eat and drink!"
But his heart is not with you.
||You will vomit up the morsel you have eaten,
And waste your compliments.
||Do not speak in the hearing of a fool,
For he will despise the wisdom of your words.
||Do not move the ancient boundary
Or go into the fields of the fatherless,
||For their Redeemer is strong;
He will plead their case against you.
||Apply your heart to discipline
And your ears to words of knowledge.
||Do not hold back discipline from the child,
Although you strike him with the rod, he will not die.
||You shall strike him with the rod
And rescue his soul from Sheol.
||My son, if your heart is wise,
My own heart also will be glad;
||And my inmost being will rejoice
When your lips speak what is right.
||Do not let your heart envy sinners,
But live in the fear of the LORD always.
||Surely there is a future,
And your hope will not be cut off.
||Listen, my son, and be wise,
And direct your heart in the way.
||Do not be with heavy drinkers of wine,
Or with gluttonous eaters of meat;
||For the heavy drinker and the glutton will come to poverty,
And drowsiness will clothe one with rags.
||Listen to your father who begot you,
And do not despise your mother when she is old.
||Buy truth, and do not sell it,
Get wisdom and instruction and understanding.
||The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice,
And he who sires a wise son will be glad in him.
||Let your father and your mother be glad,
And let her rejoice who gave birth to you.
||Give me your heart, my son,
And let your eyes delight in my ways.
||For a harlot is a deep pit
And an adulterous woman is a narrow well.
||Surely she lurks as a robber,
And increases the faithless among men.
||Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
Who has contentions? Who has complaining?
Who has wounds without cause?
Who has redness of eyes?
||Those who linger long over wine,
Those who go to taste mixed wine.
||Do not look on the wine when it is red,
When it sparkles in the cup,
When it goes down smoothly;
||At the last it bites like a serpent
And stings like a viper.
||Your eyes will see strange things
And your mind will utter perverse things.
||And you will be like one who lies down in the middle of the sea,
Or like one who lies down on the top of a mast.
||"They struck me, but I did not become ill;
They beat me, but I did not know it.
When shall I awake?
I will seek another drink."
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