1When you sitdown to dine with a ruler, Considercarefullyawhat is before you,
And put a knife to your throatIf you are a 1man of great appetite.
Do not 2desire his delicacies, For it is deceptivefood.
43Do not weary yourself to gainwealth, 4Cease from your bconsideration of it
5cWhen you set your eyes on it, it is gone. For 5wealth certainlymakes itself wings Like an eagle that flies toward the heavens.
66Do not eat the bread of da 7selfishman, Or desire his delicacies ;
For as he ethinks within himself, so he is. He says to you, "Eat and drink !" But 8his heart is not with you.
You will 9vomit up fthe morsel you have eaten, And waste your gcompliments.
910Do not speak in the hhearing of a fool, For he will 11despise the wisdom of your words.
Do not move the ancientboundary Or 12go into the fields of the fatherless,
For their 13Redeemer is strong ; 14He will plead their caseagainst you.
12Apply your heart to discipline And your ears to words of knowledge.
1315Do not holdbackdiscipline from the child, Although you istrike him with the rod, he will not die.
You shall jstrike him with the rod And 16rescue his soul from Sheol15
My son, if your heart is 17wise, My own heartalso will be glad ;
And my kinmostbeing will rejoice When your lipsspeak18what is right.
1719Do not let your heartenvysinners, But live in the l20fear of the LORDmalways .
18Surelythere is a n21future, And your 22hope will not be cutoff.
19Listen, my son, and 23be wise, And 24direct your heart in the way20
Do not be with 25heavydrinkers of wine, Or with 26gluttonouseaters of meat ;
For the 27heavydrinker and the glutton will come to poverty, And 28drowsiness will clothe one with rags2229Listen to your father who begot you, And 30do not despise your motherwhen she is old.
2331Buytruth, and do not sell it, Get wisdom and instruction and understanding.
The father of the righteous will greatlyrejoice, And 32he who sires a wiseson will be glad in him.
Let your 33father and your mother be glad, And let her rejoice who gavebirth to you.
2634Give me your heart, my son, And let your eyeso35delight in my ways.
For a harlot is a 36deeppit And an p37adulterouswoman is a narrowwell.
28Surely she 38lurks as a robber, And increases the qfaithless among men.
29Who has 39woe ? Who has sorrow ? Who has contentions ? Who has complaining ? Who has woundswithoutcause ? Who has redness of eyes ?
Those who 40linger long overwine, Those who go to rtaste41mixedwine.
Do not look on the winewhen it is red, When it ssparkles in the cup, When it 42goesdownsmoothly ;
At the last it 43bites like a serpent And stings like a 44viper.
Your eyes will seestrangethings And your tmind will 45utterperversethings.
And you will be like one who liesdown in the umiddle of the sea, Or like one who liesdown on the top of a vmast.
"They 46struck me, but I did not becomewill ; They beat me, but I did not know it. When shall I awake ? I will 47seekxanother drink."