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Proverbs 23 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:1 - While dining with a ruler,
pay attention to what is put before you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:2 - If you are a big eater,
put a knife to your throat;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:3 - don’t desire all the delicacies,
for he might be trying to trick you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:4 - Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich.
Be wise enough to know when to quit.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:5 - In the blink of an eye wealth disappears,
for it will sprout wings
and fly away like an eagle.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:6 - Don’t eat with people who are stingy;
don’t desire their delicacies.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:7 - They are always thinking about how much it costs.[fn]
“Eat and drink,” they say, but they don’t mean it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:8 - You will throw up what little you’ve eaten,
and your compliments will be wasted.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:9 - Don’t waste your breath on fools,
for they will despise the wisest advice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:10 - Don’t cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers;
don’t take the land of defenseless orphans.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:11 - For their Redeemer[fn] is strong;
he himself will bring their charges against you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:12 - Commit yourself to instruction;
listen carefully to words of knowledge.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:13 - Don’t fail to discipline your children.
They won’t die if you spank them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:14 - Physical discipline
may well save them from death.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:15 - My child,[fn] if your heart is wise,
my own heart will rejoice!
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:16 - Everything in me will celebrate
when you speak what is right.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:17 - Don’t envy sinners,
but always continue to fear the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:18 - You will be rewarded for this;
your hope will not be disappointed.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:19 - My child, listen and be wise:
Keep your heart on the right course.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:20 - Do not carouse with drunkards
or feast with gluttons,
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:21 - for they are on their way to poverty,
and too much sleep clothes them in rags.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:22 - Listen to your father, who gave you life,
and don’t despise your mother when she is old.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:23 - Get the truth and never sell it;
also get wisdom, discipline, and good judgment.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:24 - The father of godly children has cause for joy.
What a pleasure to have children who are wise.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:25 - So give your father and mother joy!
May she who gave you birth be happy.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:26 - O my son, give me your heart.
May your eyes take delight in following my ways.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:27 - A prostitute is a dangerous trap;
a promiscuous woman is as dangerous as falling into a narrow well.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:28 - She hides and waits like a robber,
eager to make more men unfaithful.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:29 - Who has anguish? Who has sorrow?
Who is always fighting? Who is always complaining?
Who has unnecessary bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:30 - It is the one who spends long hours in the taverns,
trying out new drinks.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:31 - Don’t gaze at the wine, seeing how red it is,
how it sparkles in the cup, how smoothly it goes down.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:32 - For in the end it bites like a poisonous snake;
it stings like a viper.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:33 - You will see hallucinations,
and you will say crazy things.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:34 - You will stagger like a sailor tossed at sea,
clinging to a swaying mast.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:35 - And you will say, “They hit me, but I didn’t feel it.
I didn’t even know it when they beat me up.
When will I wake up
so I can look for another drink?”
NLT Footnotes
The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
Or redeemer.
Hebrew from Sheol.
Hebrew My son; also in 23:19.
Hebrew to have a wise son.

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