Proverbs 23 01-35 ABV – The Heart
When you sit down to eat with a ruler, consider carefully what is before you,
and put a knife to your throat if you have a big appetite.
Do not desire his choice food, for it is deceptive food.
Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, stop giving your consideration to it.
When you set your eyes on it, it is gone. For wealth certainly makes itself wings like an eagle that flies toward the sky.
Do not eat the bread of a selfish man, or desire his choice food;
for as he thinks within himself, so he is. he says to you, Eat and drink! Yet his heart is not with you.
You will vomit up the little 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 move the landmark or go into the fields of the fatherless,
for their Redeemer is strong; He will plead their case against you.
Apply your heart to discipline and your ears to words of knowledge.
Do not hold back discipline from the child, if you strike him with the rod, he will not die.
You shall strike him with the rod and rescue his soul from Sheol.
My son, if your heart is wise, my own heart also will indeed rejoice;
and my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right.
Do not let your heart envy sinners, but live in the fear of the Lord always;
for then you will have a future, and your hope will not be cut off.
Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart in the way.
Do not be with those who drink too much wine, or with gluttonous eaters of meat;
For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and drowsiness will clothe one with rags.
Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old.
Buy truth, and do not sell it, get wisdom and instruction and understanding.
The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice, and the one who fathers a wise son will delight in him.
Let your father and your mother be glad, and let her who gave birth to you rejoice.
My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes delight in my ways.
For a whore is a deep pit and an strange woman is a narrow well.
Indeed, she lurks as a robber, and increases the transgressors among men.
Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has conflict? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes?
Those who linger long over wine, those who go seek mixed wine.
Do not look on the wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly;
At the last it bites like a serpent and stings like a viper.
Your eyes will see strange things and your mind will utter perverse things.
And you will be like one who lies down in the middle of the sea, or like one who lies down on the top of a mast.
They struck me, yet I did not become sick; they beat me, yet I did not know it. When shall I awake? I will seek another drink.