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Proverbs 23 :: New English Translation (NET)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:1 - When you sit down to eat with a ruler, consider carefully what is before you,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:2 - and put a knife to your throat if you possess a large appetite.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:3 - Do not crave that ruler's delicacies, for that food is deceptive.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:4 - Do not wear yourself out to become rich; be wise enough to restrain yourself.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:5 - When you gaze upon riches, they are gone, for they surely make wings for themselves, and fly off into the sky like an eagle!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:6 - Do not eat the food of a stingy person, do not crave his delicacies;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:7 - for he is like someone calculating the cost in his mind. "Eat and drink," he says to you, but his heart is not with you;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:8 - you will vomit up the little bit you have eaten, and will have wasted your pleasant words.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:9 - Do not speak in the ears of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:10 - Do not move an ancient boundary stone, or take over the fields of the fatherless,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:11 - for their Protector is strong; he will plead their case against you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:12 - Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to the words of knowledge.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:13 - Do not withhold discipline from a child; even if you strike him with the rod, he will not die.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:14 - If you strike him with the rod, you will deliver him from death.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:15 - My child, if your heart is wise, then my heart also will be glad;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:16 - my soul will rejoice when your lips speak what is right.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:17 - Do not let your heart envy sinners, but rather be zealous in fearing the LORD all the time.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:18 - For surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:19 - Listen, my child, and be wise, and guide your heart on the right way.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:20 - Do not spend time among drunkards, among those who eat too much meat,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:21 - because drunkards and gluttons become impoverished, and drowsiness clothes them with rags.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:22 - Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:23 - Acquire truth and do not sell it - wisdom, and discipline, and understanding.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:24 - The father of a righteous person will rejoice greatly; whoever fathers a wise child will have joy in him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:25 - May your father and your mother have joy; may she who bore you rejoice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:26 - Give me your heart, my son, and let your eyes observe my ways;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:27 - for a prostitute is like a deep pit; a harlot is like a narrow well.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:28 - Indeed, she lies in wait like a robber, and increases the unfaithful among men.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:29 - Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaints? Who has wounds without cause? Who has dullness of the eyes?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:30 - Those who linger over wine, those who go looking for mixed wine.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:31 - Do not look on the wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:32 - Afterward it bites like a snake, and stings like a viper.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:33 - Your eyes will see strange things, and your mind will speak perverse things.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:34 - And you will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, and like one who lies down on the top of the rigging.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:35 - You will say, "They have struck me, but I am not harmed! They beat me, but I did not know it! When will I awake? I will look for another drink."

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