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Proverbs 23:6-8 English Standard Version (ESV)

Do not eat the bread of a man who is stingy;[a]
    do not desire his delicacies,
for he is like one who is inwardly calculating.[b]
    “Eat and drink!” he says to you,
    but his heart is not with you.
You will vomit up the morsels that you have eaten,
    and waste your pleasant words.


  1. Proverbs 23:6 Hebrew whose eye is evil
  2. Proverbs 23:7 Or for as he calculates in his soul, so is he
English Standard Version (ESV)

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Proverbs 23:6-8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Do not eat the bread of [a]a selfish man,
Or desire his delicacies;
For as he [b]thinks within himself, so he is.
He says to you, “Eat and drink!”
But his heart is not with you.
You will vomit up [c]the morsel you have eaten,
And waste your [d]compliments.


  1. Proverbs 23:6 Lit an evil eye
  2. Proverbs 23:7 Lit reckons in his soul
  3. Proverbs 23:8 Lit your
  4. Proverbs 23:8 Lit pleasant words
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Proverbs 23:6-8 King James Version (KJV)

Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats:

For as he thinketh in his heart, 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.

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