Proverbs 23 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 When you take your seat at the feast with a ruler, give thought with care to what is before you; 1 When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you,
2 And put a knife to your throat, if you have a strong desire for food. 2 and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.
3 Have no desire for his delicate food, for it is the bread of deceit. 3 Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive.
4 Take no care to get wealth; let there be an end to your desire for money 4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint
5 Are your eyes lifted up to it? it is gone: for wealth takes to itself wings, like an eagle in flight up to heaven. 5 Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.
6 Do not take the food of him who has an evil eye, or have any desire for his delicate meat: 6 Do not eat the food of a stingy man, do not crave his delicacies;
7 For as the thoughts of his heart are, so is he: Take food and drink, he says to you; but his heart is not with you. 7 for he is the kind of man who is always thinking about the cost. "Eat and drink," he says to you, but his heart is not with you.
8 The food which you have taken will come up again, and your pleasing words will be wasted. 8 You will vomit up the little you have eaten and will have wasted your compliments.
9 Say nothing in the hearing of a foolish man, for he will put no value on the wisdom of your words. 9 Do not speak to a fool, for he will scorn the wisdom of your words.
10 Do not let the landmark of the widow be moved, and do not go into the fields of those who have no father; 10 Do not move an ancient boundary stone or encroach on the fields of the fatherless,
11 For their saviour is strong, and he will take up their cause against you. 11 for their Defender is strong; he will take up their case against you.
12 Give your heart to teaching, and your ears to the words of knowledge. 12 Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.
13 Do not keep back training from the child: for even if you give him blows with the rod, it will not be death to him. 13 Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with the rod, he will not die.
14 Give him blows with the rod, and keep his soul safe from the underworld 14 Punish him with the rod and save his soul from death.
15 My son, if your heart becomes wise, I, even I, will be glad in heart; 15 My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad;
16 And my thoughts in me will be full of joy when your lips say right things. 16 my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right.
17 Have no envy of sinners in your heart, but keep in the fear of the Lord all through the day; 17 Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD.
18 For without doubt there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off. 18 There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.
19 Give ear, my son, and be wise, guiding your heart in the right way 19 Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path
20 Do not be among those who give themselves to wine-drinking, or among those who make themselves full with meat: 20 Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat,
21 For those who take delight in drink and feasting will come to be in need; and through love of sleep a man will be poorly clothed 21 for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags
22 Give ear to your father whose child you are, and do not keep honour from your mother when she is old. 22 Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.
23 Get for yourself that which is true, and do not let it go for money; get wisdom and teaching and good sense. 23 Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding.
24 The father of the upright man will be glad, and he who has a wise child will have joy because of him. 24 The father of a righteous man has great joy; he who has a wise son delights in him.
25 Let your father and your mother be glad, let her who gave you birth have joy. 25 May your father and mother be glad; may she who gave you birth rejoice!
26 My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes take delight in my ways. 26 My son, give me your heart and let your eyes keep to my ways,
27 For a loose woman is a deep hollow, and a strange woman is a narrow water-hole. 27 for a prostitute is a deep pit and a wayward wife is a narrow well.
28 Yes, she is waiting secretly like a beast for its food, and deceit by her is increased among men. 28 Like a bandit she lies in wait, and multiplies the unfaithful among men.
29 Who says, Oh! who says, Ah! who has violent arguments, who has grief, who has wounds without cause, whose eyes are dark? 29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?
30 Those who are seated late over the wine: those who go looking for mixed wine. 30 Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.
31 Keep your eyes from looking on the wine when it is red, when its colour is bright in the cup, when it goes smoothly down: 31 Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly!
32 In the end, its bite is like that of a snake, its wound like the wound of a poison-snake. 32 In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper.
33 Your eyes will see strange things, and you will say twisted things. 33 Your eyes will see strange sights and your mind imagine confusing things.
34 Yes, you will be like him who takes his rest on the sea, or on the top of a sail-support. 34 You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the rigging.
35 They have overcome me, you will say, and I have no pain; they gave me blows without my feeling them: when will I be awake from my wine? I will go after it again. 35 "They hit me," you will say, "but I'm not hurt! They beat me, but I don't feel it! When will I wake up so I can find another drink?"