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Proverbs 23 :: Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

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When you sit down to dine with a ruler,

consider carefully what[fn] is before you,

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and put a knife to your throat

if you have a big[fn] appetite;

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don’t desire his choice food,

for that food is deceptive.

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Don’t wear yourself out to get rich;

stop giving your attention to it.

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As soon as your eyes fly to it, it disappears,

for it makes wings for itself

and flies like an eagle to the sky.

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Don’t eat a stingy person’s bread,[fn]

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for it’s like someone calculating inwardly.[fn]

“Eat and drink,” he says to you,

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You will vomit the little you’ve eaten

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Don’t speak to[fn] a fool,

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Don’t move an ancient boundary marker,

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for their Redeemer is strong,

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Apply yourself to discipline

and listen to words of knowledge.

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Don’t withhold discipline from a youth;

if you beat him with a rod, he will not die.

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Strike him with a rod,

and you will rescue his life from Sheol.

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My son, if your heart is wise,

my heart will indeed rejoice.

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My innermost being will cheer

when your lips say what is right.

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Don’t let your heart envy sinners;

instead, always fear the LORD.

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For then you will have a future,

and your hope will never fade.

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Listen, my son, and be wise;

keep your mind on the right course.

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Don’t associate with those who drink too much wine

or with those who gorge themselves on meat.

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For the drunkard and the glutton will become poor,

and grogginess will clothe them in rags.

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Listen to your father who gave you life,

and don’t despise your mother when[fn] she is old.

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Buy — and do not sell — truth,

wisdom, instruction, and understanding.

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The father of a righteous son will rejoice greatly,

and one who fathers a wise son will delight in him.

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Let your father and mother have joy,

and let her who gave birth to you rejoice.

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My son, give me your heart,

and let your eyes observe my ways.

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For a prostitute is a deep pit,

and a stranger is a narrow well;

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indeed, she sets an ambush like a robber

and increases those among men who are unfaithful.

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Who has woe? Who has sorrow?

Who has conflicts? Who has complaints?

Who has wounds for no reason?

Who has red eyes?

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Those who linger over wine,

those who go looking for mixed wine.

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Don’t gaze at wine because it is red,

when it gleams in the cup

and goes down smoothly.

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In the end it bites like a snake

and stings like a viper.

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Your eyes will see strange things,

and you will say absurd things.[fn]

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You’ll be like someone sleeping out at sea

or lying down on the top of a ship’s mast.

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“They struck me, but[fn] I feel no pain!

They beat me, but I didn’t know it!

When will I wake up?

I’ll look for another drink.”

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Lit you are the master of an
Lit eat bread of an evil eye
LXX reads it is like someone swallowing a hair in the throat
Lit in the ears of
Or because
Or will speak perversities or inverted things
LXX, Syr, Tg, Vg read me,” you will say, “But

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