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Proverbs 23:1–2

When you sit down to eat with a ruler,

observe carefully what1 is before you,

and put a knife to your throat

if you are given to appetite.

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Proverbs 23:1–2 — The New International Version (NIV)

When you sit to dine with a ruler,

note well what is before you,

and put a knife to your throat

if you are given to gluttony.

Proverbs 23:1–2 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

When thou sittest to eat with a ruler,

Consider diligently what is before thee:

And put a knife to thy throat,

If thou be a man given to appetite.

Proverbs 23:1–2 — New Living Translation (NLT)

While dining with a ruler,

pay attention to what is put before you.

If you are a big eater,

put a knife to your throat;

Proverbs 23:1–2 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

When you sit down to eat with a ruler,

Consider carefully what is before you;

And put a knife to your throat

If you are a man given to appetite.

Proverbs 23:1–2 — New Century Version (NCV)

If you sit down to eat with a ruler,

notice the food that is in front of you.

Control yourself

if you have a big appetite.

Proverbs 23:1–2 — American Standard Version (ASV 1901)

When thou sittest to eat with a ruler,

Consider diligently him that is before thee;

And put a knife to thy throat,

If thou be a man given to appetite.

Proverbs 23:1–2 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider well who is before thee; and put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.

Proverbs 23:1–2 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

When you sit down to eat with a ruler,

pay close attention to what is in front of you,

and put a knife to your throat if you have a big appetite.

Proverbs 23:1–2 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

When you sit down to dine with a ruler,

consider carefully what is before you,

and put a knife to your throat

if you have a big appetite;

Proverbs 23:1–2 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

When you sit down to eat with a ruler,

observe carefully what is before you,

and put a knife to your throat

if you have a big appetite.

Proverbs 23:1–2 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

When you sit to eat with a ruler,

you shall surely observe what is before you,

and you shall put a knife to your throat

if you have a big appetite.

Proverbs 23:1–2 — New International Reader’s Version (NIrV)

When you sit down to eat with a ruler,

look carefully at what’s in front of you.

Put a knife to your throat

if you like to eat too much.

Proverbs 23:1–2 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

When you sit down to dine with a ruler,

Consider carefully what is before you,

And put a knife to your throat

If you are a man of great appetite.