Proverbs Chapter 23 Darby English Bible

Proverbs 23:1

When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider well who is before thee;

Proverbs 23:2

and put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.

Proverbs 23:3

Be not desirous of his dainties; for they are deceitful food.

Proverbs 23:4

Weary not thyself to become rich; cease from thine own intelligence:

Proverbs 23:5

wilt thou set thine eyes upon it, it is gone; for indeed it maketh itself wings and it flieth away as an eagle towards the heavens.

Proverbs 23:6

Eat thou not the food of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainties.

Proverbs 23:7

For as he thinketh in his soul, so is he. Eat and drink! will he say unto thee; but his heart is not with thee.

Proverbs 23:8

Thy morsel which thou hast eaten must thou vomit up, and thou wilt have wasted thy sweet words.

Proverbs 23:9

Speak not in the ears of a foolish [man], for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.

Proverbs 23:10

Remove not the ancient landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless:

Proverbs 23:11

for their redeemer is mighty; he will plead their cause against thee.

Proverbs 23:12

Apply thy heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.

Proverbs 23:13

Withhold not correction from the child; for [if] thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die:

Proverbs 23:14

thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from Sheol.

Proverbs 23:15

My son, if thy heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine;

Proverbs 23:16

and my reins shall exult, when thy lips speak right things.

Proverbs 23:17

Let not thy heart envy sinners, but [be thou] in the fear of Jehovah all the day;

Proverbs 23:18

for surely there is a result, and thine expectation shall not be cut off.

Proverbs 23:19

Thou, my son, hear and be wise, and direct thy heart in the way.

Proverbs 23:20

Be not among winebibbers, among riotous eaters of flesh.

Proverbs 23:21

For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty; and drowsiness clotheth with rags.

Proverbs 23:22

Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.

Proverbs 23:23

Buy the truth, and sell it not; wisdom, and instruction, and intelligence.

Proverbs 23:24

The father of a righteous [man] shall greatly rejoice, and he that begetteth a wise [son] shall have joy of him:

Proverbs 23:25

let thy father and thy mother have joy, and let her that bore thee rejoice.

Proverbs 23:26

My son, give me thy heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.

Proverbs 23:27

For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit.

Proverbs 23:28

She also lieth in wait as a robber, and increaseth the treacherous among men.

Proverbs 23:29

Who hath woe? Who hath sorrow? Who contentions? Who complaining? Who wounds without cause? Who redness of eyes?

Proverbs 23:30

-- They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to try mixed wine.

Proverbs 23:31

Look not upon the wine when it is red, when it sparkleth in the cup, and goeth down smoothly:

Proverbs 23:32

at the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.

Proverbs 23:33

Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thy heart shall speak froward things;

Proverbs 23:34

and thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, and as he that lieth down upon the top of a mast:

Proverbs 23:35

-- ''They have smitten me, [and] I am not sore; they have beaten me, [and] I knew it not. When shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.''