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Proverbs 23 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 When you sit down to dine with a ruler, carefully consider what is in front of you. 1 When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you,
2 Place a knife at your throat to control your appetite. 2 and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.
3 Don't long for the ruler's delicacies; the food misleads. 3 Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive.
4 Don't wear yourself out trying to get rich; be smart enough to stop 4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint
5 When your eyes fly to wealth it is gone; it grows wings like an eagle and flies heavenward. 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 Don't eat food with stingy people; don't long for their delicacies, 6 Do not eat the food of a stingy man, do not crave his delicacies;
7 because they are like a hair in the throat. They say to you, "Eat and drink!" but they don't mean it. 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 You will eat scraps and vomit them out. You will waste your pleasant words. 8 You will vomit up the little you have eaten and will have wasted your compliments.
9 Don't speak in the ears of fools, for they will scorn your insightful words. 9 Do not speak to a fool, for he will scorn the wisdom of your words.
10 Don't remove an ancient boundary marker; don't invade the fields of orphans, 10 Do not move an ancient boundary stone or encroach on the fields of the fatherless,
11 for their redeemer is strong. He will bring charges against you. 11 for their Defender is strong; he will take up their case against you.
12 Bring your mind to instruction, your ear to knowledgeable sayings. 12 Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.
13 Don't withhold instruction from children; if you strike them with a rod, they won't die. 13 Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with the rod, he will not die.
14 Strike them with a rod, and you will save their lives from the grave. 14 Punish him with the rod and save his soul from death.
15 My child, if your heart is wise, then my heart too will be happy. 15 My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad;
16 My inner being will rejoice when your lips speak with integrity. 16 my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right.
17 Don't let your heart envy sinners, but fear the LORD constantly; 17 Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD.
18 then you will have a future, and your hope won't be cut off. 18 There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.
19 Listen, my child, and be wise! Keep your mind straight on the path 19 Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path
20 Don't hang out with those who get drunk on wine or those who eat too much meat, 20 Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat,
21 because drunks and gluttons will be impoverished; their stupor will clothe them in rags 21 for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags
22 Listen to your father, who gave you life; don't despise your elderly mother. 22 Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.
23 Buy truth and don't sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding. 23 Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding.
24 The father of the righteous will be very happy; the one who gives life to the wise will rejoice. 24 The father of a righteous man has great joy; he who has a wise son delights in him.
25 Your father and your mother will rejoice; she who gave you birth will be happy. 25 May your father and mother be glad; may she who gave you birth rejoice!
26 My child, give your mind to me and let your eyes keep to my path. 26 My son, give me your heart and let your eyes keep to my ways,
27 A prostitute is a deep pit, and a foreign woman is a narrow well. 27 for a prostitute is a deep pit and a wayward wife is a narrow well.
28 Indeed, she ambushes like a robber and increases the number of the faithless. 28 Like a bandit she lies in wait, and multiplies the unfaithful among men.
29 Who is suffering? Who is uneasy? Who has arguments? Who has complaints? Who has unnecessary wounds? Who has glazed eyes?— 29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?
30 those who linger over wine; those who go looking for mixed wine. 30 Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.
31 Don't look at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, going down smoothly. 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, it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper. 32 In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper.
33 Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart will speak distorted words. 33 Your eyes will see strange sights and your mind imagine confusing things.
34 You will be like one who lies down while out on the sea or one who lies on top of a mast. 34 You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the rigging.
35 "Though hit, I feel no pain; though beaten up, I don't know anything about it. When I wake up, I'll look for wine 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?"