Proverbs 23:3
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English Standard Version
Do not desire his delicacies, for they are deceptive food.

King James Bible
Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.

American Standard Version
Be not desirous of his dainties; Seeing they are deceitful food.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be not desirous of his meats, in which is the bread of deceit.

English Revised Version
Be not desirous of his dainties; seeing they are deceitful meat.

Webster's Bible Translation
Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful food.

Proverbs 23:3 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

A third distich follows:

26 Be not among those who strike hands,

     Among those who become surety for loans.

27 If thou hast nothing to pay,

     Why shall he take away thy bed from under thee?

To strike hands is equivalent to, to be responsible to any one for another, to stake one's goods and honour for him, Proverbs 6:1; Proverbs 11:15; Proverbs 17:18 - in a word, ערב, seq. acc., to pledge oneself for him (Genesis 43:9), or for the loan received by him, משּׁאה, Deuteronomy 24:10 (from השּׁה, with ב, of the person and accus. of the thing: to lend something to one on interest). The proverb warns against being one of such sureties (write בּערבים with Cod. 1294, and old impressions such as the Venice, 1521), against acting as they do; for why wouldest thou come to this, that when thou cast not pay (שׁלּם, to render a full equivalent reckoning, and, generally, to pay, Proverbs 6:31),

(Note: After Ben-Asher, the pointing is אם־אין־לך; while, on the contrary, Ben-Naphtali prefers אם־אין לך; vid., my Genesis (1869), pp. 74 (under Genesis 1:3) and 81. So, without any bearing on the sense, Ben-Asher points למּה with Tarcha, Ben-Naphtali with Mercha.)

he (the creditor) take away thy bed from under thee? - for, as Proverbs 20:16 says, thus improvident suretyships are wont to be punished.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Proverbs 23:6 Eat you not the bread of him that has an evil eye, neither desire you his dainty meats:

Psalm 141:4 Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practice wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.

Daniel 1:8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank...

Luke 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life...

Ephesians 4:22 That you put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

Cross References
Psalm 141:4
Do not let my heart incline to any evil, to busy myself with wicked deeds in company with men who work iniquity, and let me not eat of their delicacies!

Proverbs 23:6
Do not eat the bread of a man who is stingy; do not desire his delicacies,

Daniel 1:5
The king assigned them a daily portion of the food that the king ate, and of the wine that he drank. They were to be educated for three years, and at the end of that time they were to stand before the king.

Daniel 1:8
But Daniel resolved that he would not defile himself with the king's food, or with the wine that he drank. Therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him not to defile himself.

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