Proverbs, Chapter 23 - Practical Wisdom for Life

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

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