Proverbs 23:3

3 Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive.

Proverbs 23:3 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
3 Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.
English Standard Version (ESV)
3 Do not desire his delicacies, for they are deceptive food.
New Living Translation (NLT)
3 don’t desire all the delicacies, for he might be trying to trick you.
The Message Bible (MSG)
3 And don't stuff yourself; bridle your appetite.
American Standard Version (ASV)
3 Be not desirous of his dainties; Seeing they are deceitful food.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
3 Do not crave his delicacies, because this is food that deceives you.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
3 don't desire his choice food, for that food is deceptive.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
3 Don't long for his fancy food. It can fool you.

Proverbs 23:3 Meaning and Commentary

Proverbs 23:3

Be not desirous of his dainties
His savoury food, which is very grateful to the taste, his rich provisions and royal dainties; do not lust after them, as the word F19 signifies, in an immoderate way, as the Israelites lusted after the fleshpots in Egypt: these may be lawfully desired, but not sinfully lusted after; and in feeding on them nature may be satisfied, and not the sensual lusts gratified in such a manner they crave, which would be criminal; for they [are] deceitful meat;
or, "bread of lies" F20: through the pleasant and agreeable taste of them, they lead on to luxury and excess before a man is aware, and so deceive him; they promise him a great deal of pleasure, but, being too much indulged to, they produce sickness and nauseousness. Some think they are called so, from the intention and issue of them; being designed to draw out secrets, which men are very apt to divulge, when they have ate and drank freely. Some apply this to false doctrines, which are framed sometimes in a very plausible manner, and deceive the simple; are bread of lies, lies in hypocrisy, and are very pernicious; such words eat, as do a canker, instead of yielding solid nourishment.


F19 (watt la) "ne concupiscas", Pagninus, Montanus, Mercerus, Cocceius, Gejerus, Schultens; "ne coucupiscito", Piscator.
F20 (Mybzk Mxl) "panis mendaciorum", Montanus, Munster, Vatablus, Mercerus, Cocceius, Gejerus, Michaelis; "cibus mendaciorum", Piscator, Schultens.

Proverbs 23:3 In-Context

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 given to gluttony.
3 Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive.
4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness.
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.

Cross References 1

  • 1. ver 6-8; Psalms 141:4
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