Proverbs 23

1. If you should sit to dine with a ruler, scrutinize what is placed before you;
2. That you may not put the knife in your mouth if anyone* is still breathing.
3. Do not desire to eat from his food, for that is the bread of falsehood.
4. Do not approach the wealthy, except be done with him.*
5. For if you lock your eyes upon him, you will not see yourself, because he will [grow] wings and fly into the sky.*
6. Do not dine with a lazy man, nor desire his food.
7. It is like a man swallowing his pride that you eat and drink with him, and his heart is not with you.
8. And the bread that you eat, you shall throw it up, and you shall degrade your pleasant words.
9. Do not speak before the fool, because he will make your words sound foolish.
10. Do not move the boundaries inaugurated from the beginning of time,* nor enter the field of the children whose father has died.*
11. Because their savior is powerful, and he shall hold you accountable for their debt.*
12. Let your heart become disciplined, and your ears become accustomed to words of wisdom.*
13. Do not hold back discipline from your child, because if you strike him he will not die.
14. Especially if you should strike him with the rod and deliver him from Sheol.
15. My son, if your heart is justified,* my heart shall be glad also.
16. My body* rejoices when your lips speak the truth.
17. Let not your heart rely on sinners, except upon the fear of Maryah everyday.
18. So you may have a future, and your hope is not diminished.
19. Listen, my son, and be wise, and fix my understanding in your heart.
20. Do not be drunk with wine, nor reckless with flesh.
21. Because whoever gets drunk with wine and reckless with flesh, shall lose himself and become saddled with them.
22. Listen to your father who begot you, and do not disrespect your mother when she gets old.
23. Earn moral integrity, and do not buy [or sell] wisdom, learning and discipline.
24. He shall rejoice and celebrate, the father of the righteous [person,] and he shall beget a wise [son] and be happy with him, such a father.
25. And they shall be happy with you, your father and your mother, and your birth shall be celebrated.
26. Give me your heart, my son, and let your eyes keep watch on my paths.
27. For the prostitute is a deep pit, and the foreigner is a well of torment.
28. And out of the calm she destroys, and many people's abomination is increased.
29. To whom does one say, 'Woe'? To whom is one supposed to ruffle? To whom is one to afflict with evil? To whom is one to wound freely? To whose eyes should one give satisfaction?
30. Except for those who are late because of wine, and hang around drinking houses; except speak to righteous people, walk with them and speak with them.
31. Do not fix your eye on someone who stares into a cup of wine, except contemplate righteousness.
32. Because the end of wine is like the sting of a snake, and like a viper that alights.
33.Your eyes -- when you look at the foreign woman,* then your heart speaks retrograde words.
34. And it shall be you, like someone who was unconscious in the heart of the ocean, and like a helmsman in a heavy storm.
35. And you shall say that they beat me but I did not sorrow, and they ridiculed me but I was not aware;* when I come to, and go to love* her.

*23:2 Lit. Ar. id.: 'A man.'
*23:4 Lit. Ar. id.: 'Save yourself from them.'
*23:5 Lit. Ar. idiom retained: 'He will disappear on you.'
*23:10.1 Lit. Ar. id.: 'Eternity.'
*23:10.2 Lit. Ar. id.: 'Field of orphans.'
*23:11 Lit. Ar. id.: 'Adjudicate their debt with you.'
*23:12 Lit. Ar. id.: 'Your ears to the sayings of knowledge.'
*23:16 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: 'Kidneys,' or 'as the poisons (venomous words) are secreted by the kidneys.' The kidneys secret uric acid and poisonous byproducts.'
*23:33 Lit. Ar. idiom: [feminine gender] 'Stranger.'
*23:35 Lit. Ar. id.: 'Want.'

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