Proverbs 23 (Lexham English Bible)

View In My Bible
1 When you sit to eat with a ruler, you shall surely observe what [is] before you, 2 and you shall put a knife to your throat if you have a {big appetite}.a 3 Do not desire his delicacies, forb it is food of deception. 4 Do not tire [in order] to become rich; out of your understanding, [may you] desist 5 Your eyes will {alight}c on it, but there is nothing [to] it, for suddenly it will make for itself wings like an eagle and it will be exhausted [in] the heavens. 6 Do not eat the bread of {the stingy},d and do not desire his delicacies. 7 For, like hair in his {throat},e so it is.f "Eat and drink!" he will say to you, but his heart will not be with you. 8 Your morsel you have eaten, you will vomit it up, and you will waste your pleasant words. 9 In the ears of a fool do not speak, for he will despise the wisdom of your words. 10 Do not remove an ancient boundary marker, and on the fields of orphans do not encroach; 11 For their redeemer is strong, he himself will plead their cause against you. 12 Apply your heartg to instruction, and your ear to sayings of knowledge. 13 Do not withhold discipline from a child, if you will beat him with the rod, he will not die. 14 As for you, with the rod you shall beat him, and his lifeh you will save from Sheol. 15 My child, if your hearti is wise, my heart will be glad--even me! 16 And my {insides}j will rejoice when your lips speak what is upright. 17 May your heartk not envy the sinners, but [live] in fear of Yahweh {all day}.l 18 {Surely}m there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off. 19 You, my child, hear and be wise, and direct your heartn on the road 20 Do not be among drinkers of wine, among gluttonous eaters of {their meat}.o 21 For the drunkard and gluttonous, they will become poor, and [with] rags, drowsiness will clothe them 22 Listen to your father--he who {gave you life},p and do not despise your mother whenq she is old. 23 Buy truth and do not sell [it], wisdom and instruction and understanding. 24 The father of the righteous will surely rejoice; he who bears a wise person will be happy with him. 25 May your father and your mother be glad, and may she who bore you rejoice. 26 My child, may you give your heartr to me, and may your eyes delight in my ways. 27 For a deep pit is a prostitute,s and a narrow well is {an adulteress}.t 28 She [is] also like a robber lying in wait, and the faithless among mankind she increases. 29 To whom [is] woe? To whom [is] sorrow? To whom [are] quarrels? To whom [is] complaint? To whom [are] wounds without cause? To whom [is] redness of [the] eyes? 30 To those who linger over wine, to those who come to try mixed wine. 31 Do not look at wine when it is red, when it {sparkles}u on the cup, going down smoothly. 32 {In the end},v it will bite like a serpent, and it will sting like an adder. 33 Your eyes will see strange things, and your heartw will speak perverse things. 34 And you will be like him who lies down in the heart of the sea, and like him who lies down on top of a mast. 35 "They struck me; I was not hurt. They beat me; I did not know [it]. When I will awake, I will continue; I will seek it again."
Link Options
More Options
[X]