- When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, Consider diligently him that is before thee;
- And put a knife to thy throat, If thou be a man given to appetite.
- Be not desirous of his dainties;
Seeing they are deceitful food.
- Weary not thyself to be rich;
Cease from thine own wisdom.
- Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not?
For [riches] certainly make themselves wings, Like an eagle that flieth toward heaven.
- Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, Neither desire thou his dainties:
- For as he thinketh within himself, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee;
But his heart is not with thee.
- The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, And lose thy sweet words.
- Speak not in the hearing of a fool;
For he will despise the wisdom of thy words.
- Remove not the ancient landmark;
And enter not into the fields of the fatherless:
- For their Redeemer is strong;
He will plead their cause against thee.
- Apply thy heart unto instruction, And thine ears to the words of knowledge.
- Withhold not correction from the child;
[For] if thou beat him with the rod, he will not die.
- Thou shalt beat him with the rod, And shalt deliver his soul from Sheol.
- My son, if thy heart be wise, My heart will be glad, even mine:
- Yea, my heart will rejoice, When thy lips speak right things.
- Let not thy heart envy sinners;
But [be thou] in the fear of Jehovah all the day long:
- For surely there is a reward;
And thy hope shall not be cut off.
- Hear thou, my son, and be wise, And guide thy heart in the way.
- Be not among winebibbers, Among gluttonous eaters of flesh:
- For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty;
And drowsiness will clothe [a man] with rags.
- Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, And despise not thy mother when she is old.
- Buy the truth, and sell it not;
[Yea], wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
- The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice;
And he that begetteth a wise child will have joy of him.
- Let thy father and thy mother be glad, And let her that bare thee rejoice.
- My son, give me thy heart;
And let thine eyes delight in my ways.
- For a harlot is a deep ditch;
And a foreign woman is a narrow pit.
- Yea, she lieth in wait as a robber, And increaseth the treacherous among men.
- Who hath woe?
who hath sorrow?
who hath contentions?
Who hath complaining?
who hath wounds without cause?
Who hath redness of eyes?
- They that tarry long at the wine;
They that go to seek out mixed wine.
- Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, When it sparkleth in the cup, When it goeth down smoothly:
- At the last it biteth like a serpent, And stingeth like an adder.
- Thine eyes shall behold strange things, And thy heart shall utter perverse things.
- 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.
- 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.