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Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices.
23:1 When you sit to eat with a ruler,
consider diligently what is before you;
23:2 put a knife to your throat,
if you are a man given to appetite.
23:3 Donít be desirous of his dainties,
seeing they are deceitful food.
23:4 Donít weary yourself to be rich.
In your wisdom, show restraint.
23:5 Why do you set your eyes on that which is not?
For it certainly sprouts wings like an eagle and flies in the sky.
23:6 Donít eat the food of him who has a stingy eye,
and donít crave his delicacies:
23:7 for as he thinks about the cost, so he is.
ďEat and drink!Ē he says to you,
but his heart is not with you.
23:8 The morsel which you have eaten you shall vomit up,
and lose your good words.
23:9 Donít speak in the ears of a fool,
for he will despise the wisdom of your words.
23:10 Donít move the ancient boundary stone.
Donít encroach on the fields of the fatherless:
23:11 for their Defender is strong.
He will plead their case against you.
23:12 Apply your heart to instruction,
and your ears to the words of knowledge.
23:13 Donít withhold correction from a child.
If you punish him with the rod, he will not die.
23:14 Punish him with the rod,
and save his soul from Sheol.
23:15 My son, if your heart is wise,
then my heart will be glad, even mine:
23:16 yes, my heart will rejoice,
when your lips speak what is right.
23:17 Donít let your heart envy sinners;
but rather fear Yahweh all the day long.
23:18 Indeed surely there is a future hope,
and your hope will not be cut off.
23:19 Listen, my son, and be wise,
and keep your heart on the right path!
23:20 Donít be among ones drinking too much wine,
or those who gorge themselves on meat:
23:21 for the drunkard and the glutton shall become poor;
and drowsiness clothes them in rags.
23:22 Listen to your father who gave you life,
and donít despise your mother when she is old.
23:23 Buy the truth, and donít sell it.
Get wisdom, discipline, and understanding.
23:24 The father of the righteous has great joy.
Whoever fathers a wise child delights in him.
23:25 Let your father and your mother be glad!
Let her who bore you rejoice!
23:26 My son, give me your heart;
and let your eyes keep in my ways.
23:27 For a prostitute is a deep pit;
and a wayward wife is a narrow well.
23:28 Yes, she lies in wait like a robber,
and increases the unfaithful among men.
23:29 Who has woe?
Who has sorrow?
Who has strife?
Who has complaints?
Who has needless bruises?
Who has bloodshot eyes?
23:30 Those who stay long at the wine;
those who go to seek out mixed wine.
23:31 Donít look at the wine when it is red,
when it sparkles in the cup,
when it goes down smoothly.
23:32 In the end, it bites like a snake,
and poisons like a viper.
23:33 Your eyes will see strange things,
and your mind will imagine confusing things.
23:34 Yes, you will be as he who lies down in the midst of the sea,
or as he who lies on top of the rigging:
23:35 ďThey hit me, and I was not hurt!
They beat me, and I donít feel it!
When will I wake up? I can do it again.
I can find another.Ē