|When you sit down to eat with a ruler, |
observe carefully what is before you;
|and put a knife to your throat |
if you are a man given to appetite.
|Do not desire his delicacies, |
for they are deceptive food.
|Do not toil to acquire wealth; |
be wise enough to desist.
|When your eyes light upon it, it is gone; |
for suddenly it takes to itself wings,
flying like an eagle toward heaven.
|Do not eat the bread of a man who is stingy; |
do not desire his delicacies;
|for he is like one who is inwardly reckoning.|
"Eat and drink!" he says to you;
but his heart is not with you.
|You will vomit up the morsels which you have eaten, |
and waste your pleasant words.
|Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, |
for he will despise the wisdom of your words.
|Do not remove an ancient landmark |
or enter the fields of the fatherless;
|for their Redeemer is strong; |
he will plead their cause against you.
|Apply your mind to instruction |
and your ear to words of knowledge.
|Do not withhold discipline from a child; |
if you beat him with a rod, he will not die.
|If you beat him with the rod |
you will save his life from Sheol.
|My son, if your heart is wise, |
my heart too will be glad.
|My soul will rejoice |
when your lips speak what is right.
|Let not your heart envy sinners, |
but continue in the fear of the LORD all the day.
|Surely there is a future, |
and your hope will not be cut off.
|Hear, my son, and be wise, |
and direct your mind in the way.
|Be not among winebibbers, |
or among gluttonous eaters of meat;
|for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, |
and drowsiness will clothe a man with rags.
|Hearken to your father who begot you, |
and do not despise your mother when she is old.
|Buy truth, and do not sell it; |
buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.
|The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; |
he who begets a wise son will be glad in him.
|Let your father and mother be glad, |
let her who bore you rejoice.
|My son, give me your heart, |
and let your eyes observe my ways.
|For a harlot is a deep pit; |
an adventuress is a narrow well.
|She lies in wait like a robber |
and increases the faithless among men.
|Who has woe? Who has sorrow? |
Who has strife? Who has complaining?
Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes?
|Those who tarry long over wine, |
those who go to try mixed wine.
|Do not look at wine when it is red, |
when it sparkles in the cup and goes down smoothly.
|At the last it bites like a serpent, |
and stings like an adder.
|Your eyes will see strange things, |
and your mind utter perverse things.
|You will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea, |
like one who lies on the top of a mast.
|"They struck me," you will say, "but I was not hurt; |
they beat me, but I did not feel it.
When shall I awake? I will seek another drink."
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