23 When you sit to dine with a ruler,
note well whata is before you,
if you are given to gluttony.
3 Do not crave his delicacies,w
for that food is deceptive.
4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich;
do not trust your own cleverness.
5 Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,x
for they will surely sprout wings
and fly off to the sky like an eagle.y
6 Do not eat the food of a begrudging host,
do not crave his delicacies;z
who is always thinking about the cost.b
“Eat and drink,” he says to you,
but his heart is not with you.
and will have wasted your compliments.
9 Do not speak to fools,
for they will scorn your prudent words.a
10 Do not move an ancient boundary stoneb
or encroach on the fields of the fatherless,
he will take up their case against you.e
12 Apply your heart to instructionf
and your ears to words of knowledge.
13 Do not withhold discipline from a child;
if you punish them with the rod, they will not die.
and save them from death.g
15 My son, if your heart is wise,
then my heart will be glad indeed;
when your lips speak what is right.h
17 Do not let your heart envyi sinners,
but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord.
and your hope will not be cut off.j
19 Listen, my son,k and be wise,
and set your heart on the right path:
20 Do not join those who drink too much winel
or gorge themselves on meat,
21 for drunkards and gluttons become poor,m
and drowsiness clothes them in rags.
22 Listen to your father, who gave you life,
and do not despise your mother when she is old.n
wisdom, instruction and insight as well.o
a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.p
may she who gave you birth be joyful!q
26 My son,r give me your heart
and let your eyes delight in my ways,s
27 for an adulterous woman is a deep pit,t
and a wayward wife is a narrow well.
28 Like a bandit she lies in waitu
and multiplies the unfaithful among men.
29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
Who has strife? Who has complaints?
Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?
30 Those who linger over wine,v
who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.
when it sparkles in the cup,
when it goes down smoothly!
and poisons like a viper.
and your mind will imagine confusing things.
lying on top of the rigging.
They beat me, but I don’t feel it!
When will I wake up
so I can find another drink?”w
Or for as he thinks within himself, / so he is; or for as he puts on a feast, / so he is