Do not eat the food of a begrudging host, do not crave his delicacies;47
for he is the kind of person who is always thinking about the cost.b "Eat and drink," he says to you, but his heart is not with you.
You will vomit up the little you have eaten and will have wasted your compliments.
Listen, my son,15 and be wise, and set your heart on the right path:
Do not join those who drink too much wine16 or gorge themselves on meat,
for drunkards and gluttons become poor,17 and drowsiness clothes them in rags.
Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.1823
Buy the truth and do not sell it-- wisdom, instruction and insight as well.1924
The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.2025
May your father and mother rejoice; may she who gave you birth be joyful!21
My son,22 give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways,2327
for an adulterous woman is a deep pit24 and a wayward wife is a narrow well.
Like a bandit she lies in wait,25 and multiplies the unfaithful among men.
Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?
Those who linger over wine,26 who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.
Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly!
In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper.
Your eyes will see strange sights and your mind imagine confusing things.
You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the rigging.
"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?"27