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Proverbs 23 WBT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what [is] before thee: 1 When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you,
2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou [art] a man given to appetite. 2 and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.
3 Be not desirous of his dainties: for they [are] deceitful food. 3 Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive.
4 Labor not to be rich: cease from thy own wisdom 4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint
5 Wilt thou set thy eyes upon that which is not? for [riches] certainly make to themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle towards 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 Eat thou not the bread of [him that hath] an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainties: 6 Do not eat the food of a stingy man, do not crave his delicacies;
7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so [is] he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart [is] not with thee. 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 morsel [which] thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words. 8 You will vomit up the little you have eaten and will have wasted your compliments.
9 Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words. 9 Do not speak to a fool, for he will scorn the wisdom of your words.
10 Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless: 10 Do not move an ancient boundary stone or encroach on the fields of the fatherless,
11 For their redeemer [is] mighty; he will plead their cause with thee. 11 for their Defender is strong; he will take up their case against you.
12 Apply thy heart to instruction, and thy ears to the words of knowledge. 12 Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.
13 Withhold not correction from the child: for [if] thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. 13 Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with the rod, he will not die.
14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell 14 Punish him with the rod and save his soul from death.
15 My son, if thy heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine. 15 My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad;
16 Yes, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things. 16 my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right.
17 Let not thy heart envy sinners: but [be thou] in the fear of the LORD all the day long. 17 Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD.
18 For surely there is an end; and thy expectation shall not be cut off. 18 There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.
19 Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thy heart in the way 19 Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path
20 Be not among wine-bibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: 20 Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat,
21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe [a man] with rags 21 for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags
22 Hearken to thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy 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 the truth, and sell [it] not; [also] wisdom, and instruction, and understanding. 23 Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding.
24 The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise [child] shall have joy of him. 24 The father of a righteous man has great joy; he who has a wise son delights in him.
25 Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bore thee shall rejoice. 25 May your father and mother be glad; may she who gave you birth rejoice!
26 My son, give me thy heart, and let thy eyes observe my ways. 26 My son, give me your heart and let your eyes keep to my ways,
27 For a lewd woman [is] a deep ditch; and a strange woman [is] a narrow pit. 27 for a prostitute is a deep pit and a wayward wife is a narrow well.
28 She also lieth in wait as [for] a prey, and increaseth the transgressors among men. 28 Like a bandit she lies in wait, and multiplies the unfaithful among men.
29 Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath 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 They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. 30 Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.
31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth its color in the cup, [when] it moveth itself aright. 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 biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. 32 In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper.
33 Thy eyes shall behold strange women, and thy heart shall utter perverse things. 33 Your eyes will see strange sights and your mind imagine confusing things.
34 And thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. 34 You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the rigging.
35 They have stricken me, [wilt thou say], [and] I was not sick; they have beaten me, [and] I felt [it] not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet 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?"