Old Testament

Proverbs 23
231When you sit down to eat with a ruler,
pay close attention to what is put in front of you,
2and put a knife to your throat if you have a big appetite.
3Do not crave his delicious food.
That food is deceptive.
4Do not wear yourself out getting rich.
Have the good judgment to know when to stop.
5Will your eyes get a glimpse of wealth before it is gone?
No, it will sprout wings for itself.
Like an eagle it will fly away into the sky.
6Do not eat the food of a miser.
Do not crave his delicious food,
7because he is calculating how much things cost him.
So when he says to you, “Eat and drink,”
he does not mean it.
8You will vomit up the little bit you ate
and spoil your pleasant conversation.
9Do not speak within earshot of a fool,
because he will despise your sensible words.
10Do not move an ancient boundary marker,
and do not enter the fields of the fatherless,
11because their Redeemer is strong.
He will defend their cause against you.
12Apply your heart to discipline
and your ear to words that give knowledge.
13Do not withhold discipline from a child,
for if you strike him with a rod, he will not die.
14Strike him yourself with a rod,
and you will rescue his soul from death.
15My son, if your mind[] is wise,
my mind will rejoice as well.
16My heart[] will celebrate
when your lips speak upright things.
17Do not allow your heart to envy sinners.
Instead, always fear the Lord.
18Indeed, there is a future,
and your hope will never be cut off.
19Listen, my son, and be wise,
and keep your heart on the straight way.
20Do not be among those who drink too much wine,
or those who eat too much meat,
21because a drunk and a glutton will become poor,
and drunken stupor dresses a person in rags.
22Listen to your father, who gave you life,
and do not despise your mother when she is old.
23Buy truth and do not sell it.
Buy wisdom, discipline, and knowledge.
24The father of a righteous child will celebrate greatly.
One who fathers a wise son will find joy in him.
25Your father and your mother will find joy,
and she who gave birth to you will celebrate.
26My son, give me your heart,
and let your eyes be pleased with my ways,
27because a prostitute is a deep pit,
and an immoral woman is a narrow well.
28She is also like a robber waiting to ambush someone,
and she multiplies unfaithful men among the people.
29Who has trouble? Who has misery?
Who has quarrels? Who has complaints?
Who has wounds for no reason? Who has glazed eyes?
30Those who linger over wine,
those who go to search for mixed wine.
31Do not look at wine when it is red,
when it sparkles in the cup,
when it goes down smoothly.
32Later it bites like a snake,
and it strikes like a venomous viper.
33Your eyes will see strange things,
and your mind will say senseless things.
34You will be like someone who tries to sleep in the middle of the sea,
like someone who tries to sleep at the top of a ship's mast.
35“They struck me, but I felt no pain.
They beat me, but I was not aware of it.
When will I wake up, so that I can try it again?”