Proverbs 23 – New International Version (NIV)
- When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what[a] is before you,
- and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.
- Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive.
- Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness.
- 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.
- Do not eat the food of a begrudging host, do not crave his delicacies;
- 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.
- Do not speak to fools, for they will scorn your prudent words.
- Do not move an ancient boundary stone or encroach on the fields of the fatherless,
- for their Defender is strong; he will take up their case against you.
- Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.
- Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish them with the rod, they will not die.
- Punish them with the rod and save them from death.
- My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad indeed;
- my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right.
- Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord.
- There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.
- Listen, my son, and be wise, and set your heart on the right path:
- Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat,
- for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.
- Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.
- Buy the truth and do not sell it— wisdom, instruction and insight as well.
- The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.
- May your father and mother rejoice; may she who gave you birth be joyful!
- My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways,
- for an adulterous woman is a deep pit, and a wayward wife is a narrow well.
- Like a bandit she lies in wait 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, 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 will 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?”
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Proverbs 23 – King James Version (KJV)
- When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, Consider diligently what is before thee:
- And put a knife to thy throat, If thou be a man given to appetite.
- Be not desirous of his dainties: For they are deceitful meat.
- Labour not to be rich: Cease from thine own wisdom.
- Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; They fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
- Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, Neither desire thou his dainty meats:
- For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; But his heart is not with thee.
- The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, And lose thy sweet words.
- Speak not in the ears of a fool: For he will despise the wisdom of thy words.
- Remove not the old landmark; And enter not into the fields of the fatherless:
- For their redeemer is mighty; He shall plead their cause with thee.
- Apply thine heart unto instruction, And thine ears to the words of knowledge.
- Withhold not correction from the child: For if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.
- Thou shalt beat him with the rod, And shalt deliver his soul from hell.
- My son, if thine heart be wise, My heart shall rejoice, even mine.
- Yea, my reins shall rejoice, When thy lips speak right things.
- Let not thine heart envy sinners: But be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long.
- For surely there is an end; And thine expectation shall not be cut off.
- Hear thou, my son, and be wise, And guide thine heart in the way.
- Be not among winebibbers; Among riotous eaters of flesh:
- For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: And drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.
- Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, And despise not thy mother when she is old.
- Buy the truth, and sell it not; Also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
- The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: And he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him.
- Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, And she that bare thee shall rejoice.
- My son, give me thine heart, And let thine eyes observe my ways.
- For a whore is a deep ditch; And a strange woman is a narrow pit.
- She also lieth in wait as for a prey, And increaseth the transgressors among men.
- Who hath woe? Who hath sorrow? Who hath contentions? Who hath babbling? Who hath wounds without cause? Who hath redness of eyes?
- They that tarry long at the wine; They that go to seek mixed wine.
- Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, When it giveth his colour in the cup, When it moveth itself aright.
- At the last it biteth like a serpent, And stingeth like an adder.
- Thine eyes shall behold strange women, And thine heart shall utter perverse things.
- Yea, 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.
- They have stricken me, shalt 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.