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Proverbs 23:22-32 (New International Version)

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22 Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.1 23 Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding.2 24 The father of a righteous man has great joy; he who has a wise son delights in him.3 25 May your father and mother be glad; may she who gave you birth rejoice!4 26 My son,5 give me your heart and let your eyes keep to my ways,6 27 for a prostitute is a deep pit7 and a wayward wife is a narrow well. 28 Like a bandit she lies in wait,8 and multiplies the unfaithful among men. 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 over wine,9 who go to sample bowls of mixed wine. 31 Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly! 32 In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper.
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