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Proverbs 23 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:1 - When you sit down to eat with a ruler, observe carefully what is before you;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:2 - and put a knife to your throat if you are a man given to appetite.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:3 - Do not desire his delicacies, for they are deceptive food.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:4 - Do not toil to acquire wealth; be wise enough to desist.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:5 - When your eyes light upon it, it is gone; for suddenly it takes to itself wings, flying like an eagle toward heaven.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:6 - Do not eat the bread of a man who is stingy; do not desire his delicacies;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:7 - for he is like one who is inwardly reckoning. "Eat and drink!" he says to you; but his heart is not with you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:8 - You will vomit up the morsels which you have eaten, and waste your pleasant words.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:9 - Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:10 - Do not remove an ancient landmark or enter the fields of the fatherless;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:11 - for their Redeemer is strong; he will plead their cause against you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:12 - Apply your mind to instruction and your ear to words of knowledge.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:13 - Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you beat him with a rod, he will not die.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:14 - If you beat him with the rod you will save his life from Sheol.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:15 - My son, if your heart is wise, my heart too will be glad.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:16 - My soul will rejoice when your lips speak what is right.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:17 - Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the LORD all the day.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:18 - Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:19 - Hear, my son, and be wise, and direct your mind in the way.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:20 - Be not among winebibbers, or among gluttonous eaters of meat;
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:21 - for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and drowsiness will clothe a man with rags.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:22 - Hearken to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:23 - Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:24 - The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; he who begets a wise son will be glad in him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:25 - Let your father and mother be glad, let her who bore you rejoice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:26 - My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:27 - For a harlot is a deep pit; an adventuress is a narrow well.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:28 - She lies in wait like a robber and increases the faithless among men.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:29 - Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:30 - Those who tarry long over wine, those who go to try mixed wine.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:31 - Do not look at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup and goes down smoothly.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:32 - At the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like an adder.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:33 - Your eyes will see strange things, and your mind utter perverse things.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:34 - You will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, like one who lies on the top of a mast.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 23:35 - "They struck me," you will say, "but I was not hurt; they beat me, but I did not feel it. When shall I awake? I will seek another drink."

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Source: Transcribed from: The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version containing the Old and New Testaments, translated from the original tongues: being the version set forth A.D. 1611, revised A.D. 1881-1885 and A.D. 1901: compared with the most ancient authorities and revised A.D. 1946-52. — 2nd ed. of New Testament A.D. 1971. There should be enough in the rest of the description to identify the text.

Language: English

Availability: Freely available for non-commercial use provided that this header is included in its entirety with any copy distributed.


Pericope taken from the NASB95 and has been graciously provided by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif. All rights reserved.

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