23 When you are invited to eat with a king, use your best manners. 2 Don’t go and stuff yourself! That would be just the same as cutting your throat. 3 Don’t be greedy for all of that fancy food! It may not be so tasty.
4 Give up trying so hard to get rich. 5 Your money flies away before you know it, just like an eagle suddenly taking off.
6 Don’t accept an invitation to eat a selfish person’s food, no matter how good it is. 7 People like that take note of how much you eat.[a] They say, “Take all you want!” But they don’t mean it. 8 Each bite will come back up, and all your kind words will be wasted.
9 Don’t talk to fools— they will just make fun.
10 Don’t move a boundary marker[b] or take the land that belongs to orphans. 11 God All-Powerful is there to defend them against you.
12 Listen to instruction and do your best to learn.
13 Don’t fail to correct your children. You won’t kill them by being firm, 14 and it may even save their lives.
15 My children, if you show good sense, I will be happy, 16 and if you are truthful, I will really be glad.
17 Don’t be jealous of sinners, but always honor the Lord. 18 Then you will truly have hope for the future.
19 Listen to me, my children! Be wise and have enough sense to follow the right path. 20 Don’t be a heavy drinker or stuff yourself with food. 21 It will make you feel drowsy, and you will end up poor with only rags to wear.
22 Pay attention to your father, and don’t neglect your mother when she grows old. 23 Invest in truth and wisdom, discipline and good sense, and don’t part with them. 24 Make your father truly happy by living right and showing sound judgment. 25 Make your parents proud, especially your mother.
26 My son, pay close attention, and gladly follow my example. 27 Bad women and unfaithful wives are like a deep pit— 28 they are waiting to attack you like a gang of robbers with victim after victim.
29 Who is always in trouble? Who argues and fights? Who has cuts and bruises? Whose eyes are red? 30 Everyone who stays up late, having just one more drink. 31 Don’t even look at that colorful stuff bubbling up in the glass! It goes down so easily, 32 but later it bites like a poisonous snake. 33 You will see weird things, and your mind will play tricks on you. 34 You will feel tossed about like someone trying to sleep on a ship in a storm. 35 You will be bruised all over, without even remembering how it all happened. And you will lie awake asking, “When will morning come, so I can drink some more?”
23.7People. . . eat: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
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