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Proverbs 23 NRS/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 When you sit down to eat with a ruler, observe carefully 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 big appetite. 2 and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.
3 Do not desire the ruler's delicacies, for they are deceptive food. 3 Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive.
4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich; be wise enough to desist 4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint
5 When your eyes light upon it, it is gone; for suddenly it takes wings to itself, flying like an eagle toward 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 eat the bread of the stingy; do not desire their delicacies; 6 Do not eat the food of a stingy man, do not crave his delicacies;
7 for like a hair in the throat, so are they. "Eat and drink!" they say to you; but they do not 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 vomit up the little you have eaten, and you will waste your pleasant words. 8 You will vomit up the little you have eaten and will have wasted your compliments.
9 Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, who will only despise the wisdom of your words. 9 Do not speak to a fool, for he will scorn the wisdom of your words.
10 Do not remove an ancient landmark or encroach on 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 plead their cause against you. 11 for their Defender is strong; he will take up their case against you.
12 Apply your mind to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge. 12 Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.
13 Do not withhold discipline from your children; if you beat them with a rod, they will not die. 13 Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with the rod, he will not die.
14 If you beat them with the rod, you will save their lives from Sheol 14 Punish him with the rod and save his soul from death.
15 My child, if your heart is wise, my heart too will be glad. 15 My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad;
16 My soul will rejoice when your lips speak what is right. 16 my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right.
17 Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always continue in the fear of the Lord. 17 Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD.
18 Surely 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 Hear, my child, and be wise, and direct your mind in the way 19 Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path
20 Do not be among winebibbers, or among gluttonous eaters of meat; 20 Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat,
21 for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and 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 begot you, and do not despise 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 Buy truth, and do not 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 greatly rejoice; he who begets a wise son will be glad in 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 mother be glad; let her who bore you rejoice. 25 May your father and mother be glad; may she who gave you birth rejoice!
26 My child, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways. 26 My son, give me your heart and let your eyes keep to my ways,
27 For a prostitute is a deep pit; an adulteress is a narrow well. 27 for a prostitute is a deep pit and a wayward wife is a narrow well.
28 She lies in wait 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 has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of 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 late over wine, those who keep trying mixed wines. 30 Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.
31 Do not look at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup and goes down smoothly. 31 Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly!
32 At the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like an adder. 32 In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper.
33 Your eyes will see strange things, and your mind utter perverse things. 33 Your eyes will see strange sights and your mind imagine confusing things.
34 You will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, like one who lies on the top of a mast. 34 You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the rigging.
35 "They struck me," you will say, "but I was not hurt; they beat me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake? I will seek 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?"