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Proverbs 23 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:1 - When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what[fn] is before you,

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:2 - and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:3 - Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:4 - Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:5 - 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.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:6 - Do not eat the food of a begrudging host, do not crave his delicacies;

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:7 - for he is the kind of person who is always thinking about the cost.[fn] “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 you have eaten and will have wasted your compliments.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:9 - Do not speak to fools, for they will scorn your prudent words.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:10 - Do not move an ancient boundary stone or encroach on the fields of the fatherless,

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:11 - for their Defender is strong; he will take up their case against you.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:12 - Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:13 - Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish them with the rod, they will not die.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:14 - Punish them with the rod and save them from death.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:15 - My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad indeed;

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:16 - my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:17 - Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:18 - There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:19 - Listen, my son, and be wise, and set your heart on the right path:

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:20 - Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat,

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:21 - for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:22 - Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:23 - Buy the truth and do not sell it— wisdom, instruction and insight as well.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:24 - The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:25 - May your father and mother rejoice; may she who gave you birth be joyful!

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:26 - My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways,

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:27 - for an adulterous woman is a deep pit, and a wayward wife is a narrow well.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:28 - Like a bandit she lies in wait and multiplies the unfaithful among men.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:29 - Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:30 - Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:31 - Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly!

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:32 - In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:33 - Your eyes will see strange sights, and your mind will imagine confusing things.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:34 - You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the rigging.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:35 - “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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