Proverbs 23 NKJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 When you sit down to eat with a ruler, Consider 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 are a man given to appetite. 2 and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.
3 Do not desire his delicacies, For they are deceptive food. 3 Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive.
4 Do not overwork to be rich; Because of your own understanding, cease 4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint
5 Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; They fly away 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 a miser, Nor desire his delicacies; 6 Do not eat the food of a stingy man, do not crave his delicacies;
7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. "Eat and drink!" he says to you, But his heart is not with you. 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 you have eaten, you will vomit up, And 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, For he will 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 the ancient landmark, Nor enter 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 against you. 11 for their Defender is strong; he will take up their case against you.
12 Apply your heart to instruction, And your ears to words of knowledge. 12 Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.
13 Do not withhold correction from a child, For if you beat him with a rod, he will not die. 13 Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with the rod, he will not die.
14 You shall beat him with a rod, And deliver his soul from hell. 14 Punish him with the rod and save his soul from death.
15 My son, if your heart is wise, My heart will rejoice--indeed, I myself; 15 My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad;
16 Yes, my inmost being will rejoice When your lips speak right things. 16 my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right.
17 Do not let your heart envy sinners, But be zealous for the fear of the Lord all the day; 17 Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD.
18 For surely there is a hereafter, 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 son, and be wise; And guide your heart in the way 19 Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path
20 Do not mix with winebibbers, Or with 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 a man 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 the truth, and do not sell it, 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 will greatly rejoice, And he who begets a wise child will delight 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 your mother be glad, And let her who bore you rejoice. 25 May your father and mother be glad; may she who gave you birth rejoice!
26 My son, 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 harlot is a deep pit, And a seductress is a narrow well. 27 for a prostitute is a deep pit and a wayward wife is a narrow well.
28 She also lies in wait as for a victim, And increases the unfaithful among men. 28 Like a bandit she lies in wait, and multiplies the unfaithful among men.
29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaints? 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 long at the wine, Those who go in search of mixed wine. 30 Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.
31 Do not look on the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, When it swirls around 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 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 utter perverse things. 33 Your eyes will see strange sights and your mind imagine confusing things.
34 Yes, you will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, Or like one who lies at the top of the mast, saying: 34 You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the rigging.
35 "They have struck me, but I was not hurt; They have beaten me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake, that I may 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?"