Chapter 23
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When you sit to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before you;
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put a knife to your throat, if you are a woman given to appetite.
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Don't be desirous of her dainties, seeing they are deceitful food.
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Don't weary yourself to be rich. In your wisdom, show restraint.
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Why do you set your eyes on that which is not? For it certainly sprouts wings like an eagle and flies in the sky.
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Don't eat the food of her who has a stingy eye, and don't crave her delicacies:
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for as she thinks about the cost, so she is. "Eat and drink!" she says to you, but her heart is not with you.
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The morsel which you have eaten you shall vomit up, and lose your good words.
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Don't speak in the ears of a fool, for she will despise the wisdom of your words.
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Don't move the ancient boundary stone. Don't encroach on the fields of the fatherless:
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for their Defender is strong. She will plead their case against you.
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Apply your heart to instruction, and your ears to the words of knowledge.
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Don't withhold correction from a child. If you punish her with the rod, she will not die.
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Punish her with the rod, and save her soul from Sheol.
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My daughter, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad, even mine:
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yes, my heart will rejoice, when your lips speak what is right.
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Don't let your heart envy sinners; but rather fear Yahweh all the day long.
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Indeed surely there is a future hope, and your hope will not be cut off.
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Listen, my daughter, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path!
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Don't be among ones drinking too much wine, or those who gorge themselves on meat:
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for the drunkard and the glutton shall become poor; and drowsiness clothes them in rags.
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Listen to your mother who gave you life, and don't despise your father when he is old.
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Buy the truth, and don't sell it. Get wisdom, discipline, and understanding.
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The mother of the righteous has great joy. Whoever mothers a wise child delights in her.
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Let your mother and your father be glad! Let him who bore you rejoice!
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My daughter, give me your heart; and let your eyes keep in my ways.
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For a philanderer is a deep pit; and a wayward husband is a narrow well.
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Yes, he lies in wait like a robber, and increases the unfaithful among women.
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Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?
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Those who stay long at the wine; those who go to seek out mixed wine.
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Don't look at the wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly.
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In the end, it bites like a snake, and poisons like a viper.
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Your eyes will see strange things, and your mind will imagine confusing things.
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Yes, you will be as she who lies down in the midst of the sea, or as she who lies on top of the rigging:
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"They hit me, and I was not hurt! They beat me, and I don't feel it! When will I wake up? I can do it again. I can find another."