King James VersionProverbs23


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