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(Pro 23:1) When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what {is} before thee:
(Pro 23:2) And put a knife to thy Throat, if thou {be} a man given to appetite.
(Pro 23:3) Be not desirous of his dainties: for they {are} deceitful meat.
(Pro 23:4) Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.
(Pro 23:5) Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for {riches} certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
(Pro 23:6) Eat thou not the bread of {him that hath} an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats:
(Pro 23:7) For as he thinketh in his heart, so {is} he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart {is} not with thee.
(Pro 23:8) The morsel {which} thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words.
(Pro 23:9) Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.
(Pro 23:10) Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless:
(Pro 23:11) For their redeemer {is} mighty; he shall plead their cause with thee.
(Pro 23:12) Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.
(Pro 23:13) Withhold not correction from the child: for {if} thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.
(Pro 23:14) Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.
(Pro 23:15) My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine.
(Pro 23:16) Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things.
(Pro 23:17) Let not thine heart envy sinners: but {be thou} in the fear of the Lord all the day long.
(Pro 23:18) For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.
(Pro 23:19) Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.
(Pro 23:20) Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:
(Pro 23:21) For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe {a man} with rags.
(Pro 23:22) Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.
(Pro 23:23) Buy the truth, and sell {it} not; {also} wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
(Pro 23:24) The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise {child} shall have joy of him.
(Pro 23:25) Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.
(Pro 23:26) My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.
(Pro 23:27) For a whore {is} a deep ditch; and a strange woman {is} a narrow pit.
(Pro 23:28) She also lieth in wait as {for} a prey, and increaseth the transgressors among men.
(Pro 23:29) Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?
(Pro 23:30) They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.
(Pro 23:31) Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, {when} it moveth itself aright.
(Pro 23:32) At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
(Pro 23:33) Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.
(Pro 23:34) Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.
(Pro 23:35) They have stricken me, {shalt thou say, and} I was not sick; they have beaten me, {and} I felt {it} not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.
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