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27 My son, while you are well, govern your appetite,[a]
    and see that you do not allow it what is bad for you.
28 For not everything is good for everyone,
    nor is everything suited to every taste.(A)
29 Do not go to excess with any enjoyment,(B)
    neither become a glutton for choice foods;
30 For sickness comes with overeating,
    and gluttony brings on nausea.
31 Through lack of self-control many have died,
    but the abstemious one prolongs life.

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Footnotes

  1. 37:27–31 Temperance and self-control should govern appetite for food, which is intended not to destroy but to preserve life.

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