Sayings of the Wise (continued)
23:1When thou sittest to eat with a ruler,
Consider diligently him that is before thee;
23:2And put a knife to thy throat,
23:3Be not desirous of his dainties;
Seeing they are deceitful food.
23:4Weary not thyself to be rich;
Cease from thine own wisdom.
23:5Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not?
For riches certainly make themselves wings,
Like an eagle that flieth toward heaven.
23:7For as he thinketh within himself, so is he: 1
Eat and drink, saith he to thee;
But his heart is not with thee.
23:8The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up,
And lose thy sweet words.
23:9Speak not in the hearing of a fool;
For he will despise the wisdom of thy words.
23:10Remove not the ancient landmark;
And enter not into the fields of the fatherless:
23:11For their Redeemer is strong;
He will plead their cause against thee.
23:12Apply thy heart unto instruction,
23:13Withhold not correction from the child;
For if thou beat him with the rod, he will not die.
23:14Thou shalt beat him with the rod,
And shalt deliver his soul from Sheol.
23:15My son, if thy heart be wise,
My heart will be glad, even mine:
23:16Yea, my heart will rejoice,
23:17Let not thy heart envy sinners;
23:18For surely there is a reward;
And thy hope shall not be cut off.
23:19Hear thou, my son, and be wise,
23:20Be not among winebibbers,
Among gluttonous eaters of flesh:
And drowsiness will clothe a man with rags.
23:22Hearken unto thy father that begat thee,
And despise not thy mother when she is old.
23:23Buy the truth, and sell it not;
23:24The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice;
And he that begetteth a wise child will have joy of him.
23:25Let thy father and thy mother be glad,
And let her that bare thee rejoice.
23:26My son, give me thy heart;
And let thine eyes delight in my ways.
23:27For a harlot is a deep ditch;
23:28Yea, she lieth in wait as a robber,
And increaseth the treacherous among men.
23:29Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions?
Who hath complaining? who hath wounds without cause?
Who hath redness of eyes?
23:30They that tarry long at the wine;
They that go to seek out mixed wine.
23:31Look not thou upon the wine when it is red,
When it sparkleth in the cup,
When it goeth down smoothly:
23:32At the last it biteth like a serpent,
And stingeth like an adder.
23:33Thine eyes shall behold strange things,
23:34Yea, 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.
23:35They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not hurt;
They have beaten me, and I felt it not:
When shall I awake?
I will seek it yet again.
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