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Proverbs 23 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

23 When you sit down to dine with a ruler,
    think carefully about who is before you.
If you have a big appetite,
    put a knife to your throat!
Don’t be greedy for his delicacies,
    for they are deceptive food.
Don’t exhaust yourself in pursuit of wealth;
    be smart enough to desist.
If you make your eyes rush at it,
    it’s no longer there!
For wealth will surely grow wings,
    like an eagle flying off to the sky.

Don’t eat the food of a stingy man;
    don’t be greedy for his delicacies.
For he is like someone who keeps accounts —
“Eat! Drink!” he says to you,
    but he doesn’t really mean it.
The little you eat you will vomit up,
    and your compliments will have been wasted.

Don’t speak in the ears of a fool,
    for he will only despise the common sense in your words.

10 Don’t move the ancient boundary stone
    or encroach on the land of the fatherless;
11 for their Redeemer is strong;
    he will take up their fight against you.

12 Apply your mind to discipline
    and your ears to words of knowledge.

13 Don’t withhold discipline from a child —
    if you beat him with a stick, he won’t die!
14 If you beat him with a stick,
    you will save him from Sh’ol.

15 My son, if your heart is wise,
    then my own heart too is glad;
16 my inmost being rejoices
    when your lips say what is right.

17 Don’t envy sinners, but follow the example
    of those who always fear God;
18 for then you will have a future;
    what you hope for will not be cut off.

19 You, my son: listen, be wise,
    and set your mind on the right way.

20 Don’t be one of those who guzzle wine
    or of those who eat meat to excess,
21 for both drunkard and glutton will become poor —
    drowsiness will clothe them with rags.
22 Listen to your father, who gave you life;
    and don’t despise your mother when she gets old.

23 Buy the truth, don’t sell it,
    also wisdom, discipline and discernment.

24 A righteous person’s father will be filled with joy;
    yes, he whose son is wise will rejoice in him.
25 So let your father and mother be glad;
    let her who gave you birth rejoice.

26 My son, give me your heart;
    let your eyes observe my ways.

27 A prostitute is a deep ditch,
    and a forbidden woman like a narrow well.
28 She lies in wait to snatch her prey
    and adds to the number of faithless men.

29 Who has misery? Who has regret?
    Who fights and complains all the time?
Who gets bruised for no good reason?
    Who has bloodshot eyes?
30 Those who spend their time over wine,
    those always trying out mixed drinks.
31 Don’t gaze at the red wine
    as it gives its color to the cup.
It may glide down smoothly now;
32     but in the end, it bites like a serpent —
    yes, it strikes like a poisonous snake.
33 Your eyes will see peculiar things,
    your mind will utter nonsense.
34 You will feel as if lying on the waves of the sea
    or sprawled on top of the mast —
35 “They hit me, but I didn’t feel it!
    They beat me up, and I didn’t even know it!
When will I wake up? . . .
    I’ll go get another drink.”

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

Copyright © 1998 by David H. Stern. All rights reserved.

Proverbs 23 New International Version (NIV)

Saying 7

23 When you sit to dine with a ruler,
    note well what[a] is before you,
and put a knife to your throat
    if you are given to gluttony.
Do not crave his delicacies,
    for that food is deceptive.

Saying 8

Do not wear yourself out to get rich;
    do not trust your own cleverness.
Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,
    for they will surely sprout wings
    and fly off to the sky like an eagle.

Saying 9

Do not eat the food of a begrudging host,
    do not crave his delicacies;
for he is the kind of person
    who is always thinking about the cost.[b]
“Eat and drink,” he says to you,
    but his heart is not with you.
You will vomit up the little you have eaten
    and will have wasted your compliments.

Saying 10

Do not speak to fools,
    for they will scorn your prudent words.

Saying 11

10 Do not move an ancient boundary stone
    or encroach on the fields of the fatherless,
11 for their Defender is strong;
    he will take up their case against you.

Saying 12

12 Apply your heart to instruction
    and your ears to words of knowledge.

Saying 13

13 Do not withhold discipline from a child;
    if you punish them with the rod, they will not die.
14 Punish them with the rod
    and save them from death.

Saying 14

15 My son, if your heart is wise,
    then my heart will be glad indeed;
16 my inmost being will rejoice
    when your lips speak what is right.

Saying 15

17 Do not let your heart envy sinners,
    but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord.
18 There is surely a future hope for you,
    and your hope will not be cut off.

Saying 16

19 Listen, my son, and be wise,
    and set your heart on the right path:
20 Do not join those who drink too much wine
    or gorge themselves on meat,
21 for drunkards and gluttons become poor,
    and drowsiness clothes them in rags.

Saying 17

22 Listen to your father, who gave you life,
    and do not despise your mother when she is old.
23 Buy the truth and do not sell it—
    wisdom, instruction and insight as well.
24 The father of a righteous child has great joy;
    a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.
25 May your father and mother rejoice;
    may she who gave you birth be joyful!

Saying 18

26 My son, give me your heart
    and let your eyes delight in my ways,
27 for an adulterous woman is a deep pit,
    and a wayward wife is a narrow well.
28 Like a bandit she lies in wait
    and multiplies the unfaithful among men.

Saying 19

29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
    Who has strife? Who has complaints?
    Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?
30 Those who linger over wine,
    who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.
31 Do not gaze at wine when it is red,
    when it sparkles in the cup,
    when it goes down smoothly!
32 In the end it bites like a snake
    and poisons like a viper.
33 Your eyes will see strange sights,
    and your mind will imagine confusing things.
34 You will be like one sleeping on the high seas,
    lying on top of the rigging.
35 “They hit me,” you will say, “but I’m not hurt!
    They beat me, but I don’t feel it!
When will I wake up
    so I can find another drink?”


  1. Proverbs 23:1 Or who
  2. Proverbs 23:7 Or for as he thinks within himself, / so he is; or for as he puts on a feast, / so he is
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