Proverbs 23 ESV

1 When you sit down to eat with a ruler, observe carefully whata is before you,

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      2 and put a knife to your throat if you are given to appetite.
      3 1Do not desire his delicacies, for they are deceptive food.

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        • 1026 23:3 - ver. 6
          4 2Do not toil to acquire wealth; 3be discerning enough to desist.

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          5 When your eyes light on it, it is gone, 4for suddenly it sprouts wings, flying like an eagle toward heaven.

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          6 5Do not eat the bread of a man who is 6stingy;b 7do not desire his delicacies,

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            • ¹ 23:6 - Hebrew whose eye is evil
              7 for he is like one who is inwardly calculating.c "Eat and drink!" he says to you, but his 8heart is not with you.

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                • º 23:7 - Or for as he calculates in his soul, so is he
                  8 You will vomit up the morsels that you have eaten, and waste your pleasant words.
                  9 Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the good sense of your words.
                  10 9Do not move an ancient landmark or enter the fields of the fatherless,

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                  11 for their 10Redeemer is strong; he will 11plead their cause against you.

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                      12 Apply your heart to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge.
                      13 Do not withhold 12discipline from a child; 13if you strike him with a rod, he will not die.

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                      14 If you strike him with the rod, you will 14save his soul from Sheol.

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                      15 15My son, if your heart is wise, my heart too will be glad.

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                          16 My 16inmost beingd will exult when your lips speak 17what is right.

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                            • » 23:16 - Hebrew My kidneys
                              17 Let not your heart 18envy sinners, but continue in 19the fear of the LORD all the day.

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                              18 Surely 20there is a future, and your 21hope will not be cut off.

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                              19 Hear, my son, and 22be wise, and 23direct your heart in the way.

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                              20 Be not among 24drunkardse or among 25gluttonous eaters of meat,

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                                • ¼ 23:20 - Hebrew those who drink too much wine
                                  21 for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and 26slumber will clothe them with rags

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                                  22 27Listen to your father who gave you life, 28and do not despise your mother when she is old.

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                                      23 29Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.

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                                      24 30The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him.

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                                          25 31Let your father and mother be glad; let 32her who bore you rejoice.

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                                              26 My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observef my ways.

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                                                • ½ 23:26 - Or delight in
                                                  27 For a prostitute is 33a deep pit; 34an adulteressg is a narrow 35well.

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                                                    • ¾ 23:27 - Hebrew a foreign woman
                                                      28 36She lies in wait like a robber and increases the traitors among mankind.

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                                                      29 37Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaining? Who has 38wounds without cause? Who has 39redness of eyes?

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                                                          30 Those who 40tarry long over wine; those who go to try 41mixed wine.

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                                                          31 Do not look at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup and goes down smoothly.
                                                          32 In the end it 42bites like a serpent and stings like an adder.

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                                                          33 Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart utter 43perverse things.

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                                                          34 You will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, like one who lies on the top of a mast.h

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                                                            • ¿ 23:34 - Or of the rigging
                                                              35 "They 44struck me," you will say,i"but I was not hurt; they beat me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake? I 45must have another drink."

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                                                                • À 23:35 - Hebrew lacks you will say