Proverbs 23 Notes, Meaning, and Commentary

Proverbs 23


Proverbs 23:1

When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, Consider diligently him that 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; Seeing they are deceitful food.

Proverbs 23:4

Weary not thyself to be rich; Cease from thine own wisdom

Proverbs 23:5

Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? For [riches] certainly make themselves wings, Like an eagle that flieth toward heaven.

Proverbs 23:6

Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, Neither desire thou his dainties:

Proverbs 23:7

For as he thinketh within himself, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; But his heart is not with thee.

Proverbs 23:8

The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, And lose thy sweet words.

Proverbs 23:9

Speak not in the hearing of a fool; 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 strong; 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 beat him with the rod, he will 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 will be glad, even mine:

Proverbs 23:16

Yea, my heart will rejoice, 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 long:

Proverbs 23:18

For surely there is a reward; And thy hope shall not be cut off.

Proverbs 23:19

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

Proverbs 23:20

Be not among winebibbers, Among gluttonous eaters of flesh:

Proverbs 23:21

For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty; And drowsiness will clothe [a man] 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; [Yea], wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

Proverbs 23:24

The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; And he that begetteth a wise child will have joy of him.

Proverbs 23:25

Let thy father and thy mother be glad, And let her that bare thee rejoice.

Proverbs 23:26

My son, give me thy heart; And let thine eyes delight in my ways.

Proverbs 23:27

For a harlot is a deep ditch; And a foreign woman is a narrow pit.

Proverbs 23:28

Yea, she lieth in wait as a robber, And increaseth the treacherous among men.

Proverbs 23:29

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

Proverbs 23:30

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

Proverbs 23:31

Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, When it sparkleth in the cup, When it 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 things, And thy heart shall utter perverse things.

Proverbs 23:34

Yea, 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.

Proverbs 23:35

They have stricken me, [shalt thou say], and I was not hurt; They have beaten me, and I felt it not: When shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.

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