Proverbs 23:15-28New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
15 My son, if your heart is wise, my heart will be very glad. 16 Deep down inside, I will be happy when you say what is right.
17 Do not long for what sinners have. But always show great respect for the Lord. 18 There really is hope for you in days to come. So your hope will not be cut off.
19 My son, listen and be wise. Set your heart on the right path. 20 Don’t join those who drink too much wine. Don’t join those who stuff themselves with meat. 21 Those who drink or eat too much will become poor. If they sleep too much, they’ll have to wear rags.
22 Listen to your father, who gave you life. Don’t hate your mother when she is old. 23 Buy the truth and don’t sell it. Get wisdom, instruction and understanding as well. 24 The father of a godly child is very happy. A man who has a wise son is glad. 25 May your father and mother be glad. May the woman who gave birth to you be joyful.
26 My son, give me your heart. May you be happy living the way you see me live. 27 An unfaithful wife is like a deep pit. A wife who commits adultery is like a narrow well. 28 She hides and waits like a thief. She causes many men to sin.
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