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Proverbs 23 CJB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 When you sit down to dine with a ruler, think carefully about who is before you. 1 When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you,
2 If you have a big appetite, put a knife to your throat! 2 and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.
3 Don't be greedy for his delicacies, for they are deceptive food. 3 Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive.
4 Don't exhaust yourself in pursuit of wealth; be smart enough to desist 4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint
5 If you make your eyes rush at it, it's no longer there! For wealth will surely grow wings, like an eagle flying off to the sky. 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 the food of a stingy man; don't be greedy for his delicacies. 6 Do not eat the food of a stingy man, do not crave his delicacies;
7 For he is like someone who keeps accounts -"Eat! Drink!" he says to you, but he doesn't really 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 The little you eat you will vomit up, and your compliments will have been wasted. 8 You will vomit up the little you have eaten and will have wasted your compliments.
9 Don't speak in the ears of a fool, for he will only despise the common sense in your words. 9 Do not speak to a fool, for he will scorn the wisdom of your words.
10 Don't move the ancient boundary stone or encroach on the land of the fatherless; 10 Do not move an ancient boundary stone or encroach on the fields of the fatherless,
11 for their Redeemer is strong; he will take up their fight against you. 11 for their Defender is strong; he will take up their case against you.
12 Apply your mind to discipline and your ears to words of knowledge. 12 Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.
13 Don't withhold discipline from a child -if you beat him with a stick, he won't die! 13 Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with the rod, he will not die.
14 If you beat him with a stick, you will save him from Sh'ol 14 Punish him with the rod and save his soul from death.
15 My son, if your heart is wise, then my own heart too is glad; 15 My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad;
16 my inmost being rejoices when your lips say what is right. 16 my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right.
17 Don't envy sinners, but follow the example of those who always fear God; 17 Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD.
18 for then you will have a future; what you hope for will not be cut off. 18 There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.
19 You, my son: listen, be wise, and set your mind on the right way 19 Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path
20 Don't be one of those who guzzle wine or of those who eat meat to excess, 20 Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat,
21 for both drunkard and glutton will become poor -drowsiness will clothe them with rags 21 for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags
22 Listen to your father, who gave you life; and don't despise your mother when she gets old. 22 Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.
23 Buy the truth, don't sell it, also wisdom, discipline and discernment. 23 Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding.
24 A righteous person's father will be filled with joy; yes, he whose son is wise will rejoice in him. 24 The father of a righteous man has great joy; he who has a wise son delights in him.
25 So let your father and mother be glad; let her who gave you birth rejoice. 25 May your father and mother be glad; may she who gave you birth rejoice!
26 My son, give me your heart; let your eyes observe my ways. 26 My son, give me your heart and let your eyes keep to my ways,
27 A prostitute is a deep ditch, and a forbidden woman like a narrow well. 27 for a prostitute is a deep pit and a wayward wife is a narrow well.
28 She lies in wait to snatch her prey and adds to the number of faithless men. 28 Like a bandit she lies in wait, and multiplies the unfaithful among men.
29 Who has misery? Who has regret? Who fights and complains all the time? Who gets bruised for no good reason? Who has bloodshot 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 spend their time over wine, those always trying out mixed drinks. 30 Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.
31 Don't gaze at the red wine as it gives its color to the cup. It may glide down smoothly now; 31 Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly!
32 but in the end, it bites like a serpent -yes, it strikes like a poisonous snake. 32 In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper.
33 Your eyes will see peculiar things, your mind will utter nonsense. 33 Your eyes will see strange sights and your mind imagine confusing things.
34 You will feel as if lying on the waves of the sea or sprawled on top of the mast - 34 You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the rigging.
35 "They hit me, but I didn't feel it! They beat me up, and I didn't even know it! When will I wake up? . . . I'll go get another drink." 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?"