Proverbs 23
GOD'S WORD® Translation

1When you sit down to eat with a ruler, pay close attention to what is in front of you,

2and put a knife to your throat if you have a big appetite.

3Do not crave his delicacies, because this is food that deceives you.

4Do not wear yourself out getting rich. Be smart enough to stop.

5Will you catch only a fleeting glimpse of wealth before it is gone? It makes wings for itself like an eagle flying into the sky.

6Do not eat the food of one who is stingy, and do not crave his delicacies.

7As he calculates the cost to himself, this is what he does: He tells you, "Eat and drink," but he doesn't really mean it.

8You will vomit the little bit you have eaten and spoil your pleasant conversation.

9Do not talk directly to a fool, because he will despise the wisdom of your words.

10Do not move an ancient boundary marker or enter fields that belong to orphans,

11because the one who is responsible for them is strong. He will plead their case against you.

12Live a more disciplined life, and listen carefully to words of knowledge.

13Do not hesitate to discipline a child. If you spank him, he will not die.

14Spank him yourself, and you will save his soul from hell.

15My son, if you have a wise heart, my heart will rejoice as well.

16My heart rejoices when you speak what is right.

17Do not envy sinners in your heart. Instead, continue to fear the LORD.

18There is indeed a future, and your hope will never be cut off.

19My son, listen, be wise, and keep your mind going in the right direction.

20Do not associate with those who drink too much wine, with those who eat too much meat,

21because both a drunk and a glutton will become poor. Drowsiness will dress a person in rags.

22Listen to your father since you are his son, and do not despise your mother because she is old.

23Buy truth (and do not sell it), [that is,] buy wisdom, discipline, and understanding.

24A righteous person's father will certainly rejoice. Someone who has a wise son will enjoy him.

25May your father and your mother be glad. May she who gave birth to you rejoice.

26My son, give me your heart. Let your eyes find happiness in my ways.

27A prostitute is a deep pit. A loose woman is a narrow well.

28She is like a robber, lying in ambush. She spreads unfaithfulness throughout society.

29Who has trouble? Who has misery? Who has quarrels? Who has a complaint? Who has wounds for no reason? Who has bloodshot eyes?

30Those who drink glass after glass of wine and mix it with everything.

31Do not look at wine because it is red, because it sparkles in the cup, because it goes down smoothly.

32Later it bites like a snake and strikes like a poisonous snake.

33Your eyes will see strange sights, and your mouth will say embarrassing things.

34You will be like someone lying down in the middle of the sea or like someone lying down on top of a ship's mast, saying,

35"They strike me, but I feel no pain. They beat me, but I'm not aware of it. Whenever I wake up, I'm going to look for another drink."

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