Provérbios 23

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 [art] a man given to appetite.

3 Be not desirous of his dainties: for they [are] deceitful food.

4 Labour not to be rich: cease from thy own wisdom.

5 Wilt thou cast thine eyes vpon it, which is nothing? For riches taketh her to her wings, as an eagle, and flyeth into the heauen.

6 Eat thou not the bread of [him that hath] an evil eye, neither desire thou his delicacies:

7 For as though he thought it in his heart, so will hee say vnto thee, Eate and drinke: but his heart is not with thee.

8 The morsel [which] thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words.

9 Speake not in the eares of a foole: for hee will despise the wisdome of thy wordes.

10 Remooue not the ancient boundes, and enter not into the fieldes of the fatherlesse.

11 For he that redeemeth them, is mightie: he will defend their cause against thee.

12 Apply thine heart to instruction, and thine eares to the wordes of knowledge.

13 Withhold not correction from the childe: if thou smite him with the rodde, he shall not die.

14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.

15 My sonne, if thine heart be wise, mine heart shall reioyce, and I also.

16 And my reynes shall reioyce, when thy lips speake righteous things.

17 Let not thine heart bee enuious against sinners: but let it bee in the feare of the Lorde continually.

18 For surely there is an end; and thy expectation shall not be cut off.

19 Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thy heart in the way.

20 Keepe not company with drunkards, nor with gluttons.

21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall bee poore, and the sleeper shalbe clothed with ragges.

22 Obey thy father that hath begotten thee, and despise not thy mother when she is olde.

23 Buy the truth, and sell [it] not; [also] wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

24 The father of the righteous shal greatly reioyce, and hee that begetteth a wise childe, shall haue ioy of him.

25 Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall reioyce.

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

27 For a whore is as a deepe ditche, and a strange woman is as a narrowe pitte.

28 She also lieth in wait as [for] a prey, and increaseth the transgressors among men.

29 To whome is woe? to whome is sorowe? to whom is strife? to whom is murmuring? to whom are woundes without cause? and to whome is the rednesse of the eyes?

30 They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.

31 Looke not thou vpon the wine, when it is red, and when it sheweth his colour in the cup, or goeth downe pleasantly.

32 In the ende thereof it will bite like a serpent, and hurt like a cockatrise.

33 Thy eyes shall behold strange women, and thy heart shall utter perverse things.

34 And 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.