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Proverbs 23 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 When dining with a ruler, pay attention to what is put before you. 1 When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you,
2 If you are a big eater, put a knife to your throat, 2 and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.
3 and don't desire all the delicacies -- deception may be involved. 3 Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive.
4 Don't weary yourself trying to get rich. Why waste your time? 4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint
5 For riches can disappear as though they had the wings of a bird! 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 with people who are stingy; don't desire their delicacies. 6 Do not eat the food of a stingy man, do not crave his delicacies;
7 "Eat and drink," they say, but they don't mean it. They are always thinking about how much it costs. 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 vomit up the delicious food they serve, and you will have to take back your words of appreciation for their "kindness." 8 You will vomit up the little you have eaten and will have wasted your compliments.
9 Don't waste your breath on fools, for they will despise the wisest advice. 9 Do not speak to a fool, for he will scorn the wisdom of your words.
10 Don't steal the land of defenseless orphans by moving the ancient boundary markers, 10 Do not move an ancient boundary stone or encroach on the fields of the fatherless,
11 for their Redeemer is strong. He himself will bring their charges against you. 11 for their Defender is strong; he will take up their case against you.
12 Commit yourself to instruction; attune your ears to hear words of knowledge. 12 Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.
13 Don't fail to correct your children. They won't die if you spank them. 13 Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with the rod, he will not die.
14 Physical discipline may well save them from death. 14 Punish him with the rod and save his soul from death.
15 My child, how I will rejoice if you become wise. 15 My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad;
16 Yes, my heart will thrill when you speak what is right and just. 16 my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right.
17 Don't envy sinners, but always continue to fear the LORD. 17 Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD.
18 For surely you have a future ahead of you; your hope will not be disappointed. 18 There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.
19 My child, listen and be wise. Keep your heart on the right course 19 Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path
20 Do not carouse with drunkards and gluttons, 20 Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat,
21 for they are on their way to poverty. Too much sleep clothes a person 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's experience 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 the truth and don't ever sell it; also get wisdom, discipline, and discernment. 23 Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding.
24 The father of godly children has cause for joy. What a pleasure it is to have wise children. 24 The father of a righteous man has great joy; he who has a wise son delights in him.
25 So give your parents joy! May she who gave you birth be happy. 25 May your father and mother be glad; may she who gave you birth rejoice!
26 O my son, give me your heart. May your eyes delight in my ways of wisdom. 26 My son, give me your heart and let your eyes keep to my ways,
27 A prostitute is a deep pit; an adulterous woman is treacherous. 27 for a prostitute is a deep pit and a wayward wife is a narrow well.
28 She hides and waits like a robber, looking for another victim who will be unfaithful to his wife. 28 Like a bandit she lies in wait, and multiplies the unfaithful among men.
29 Who has anguish? Who has sorrow? Who is always fighting? Who is always complaining? Who has unnecessary bruises? 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 It is the one who spends long hours in the taverns, trying out new drinks. 30 Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.
31 Don't let the sparkle and smooth taste of wine deceive you. 31 Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly!
32 For in the end it bites like a poisonous serpent; it stings like a viper. 32 In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper.
33 You will see hallucinations, and you will say crazy things. 33 Your eyes will see strange sights and your mind imagine confusing things.
34 You will stagger like a sailor tossed at sea, clinging to a swaying mast. 34 You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the rigging.
35 And you will say, "They hit me, but I didn't feel it. I didn't even know it when they beat me up. When will I wake up so I can have 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?"