Consider carefully what is before you;
If you are a man given to appetite.
For they are deceptive food.
4 aDo not overwork to be rich;
bBecause of your own understanding, cease!
5 1Will you set your eyes on that which is not?
For riches certainly make themselves wings;
They fly away like an eagle toward heaven.
Nor desire his delicacies;
“Eat and drink!” dhe says to you,
But his heart is not with you.
And waste your pleasant words.
9 eDo not speak in the hearing of a fool,
For he will despise the wisdom of your words.
10 Do not remove the ancient 3landmark,
Nor enter the fields of the fatherless;
11 fFor their Redeemer is mighty;
He will plead their cause against you.
And your ears to words of knowledge.
13 gDo not withhold correction from a child,
For if you beat him with a rod, he will not die.
And deliver his soul from 4hell.
My heart will rejoice—indeed, I myself;
16 Yes, my 5inmost being will rejoice
When your lips speak right things.
17 hDo not let your heart envy sinners,
But ibe zealous for the fear of the Lord all the day;
And your hope will not be cut off.
And guide your heart in the way.
20 kDo not mix with winebibbers,
Or with gluttonous eaters of meat;
And drowsiness will clothe a man with rags.
22 lListen to your father who begot you,
And do not despise your mother when she is old.
23 mBuy the truth, and do not sell it,
Also wisdom and instruction and understanding.
24 nThe father of the righteous will greatly rejoice,
And he who begets a wise child will delight in him.
And let her who bore you rejoice.
And let your eyes observe my ways.
27 oFor a harlot is a deep pit,
And a seductress is a narrow well.
28 pShe also lies in wait as for a victim,
And increases the unfaithful among men.
29 qWho has woe?
Who has sorrow?
Who has contentions?
Who has complaints?
Who has wounds without cause?
Who rhas redness of eyes?
30 sThose who linger long at the wine,
Those who go in search of tmixed wine.
When it sparkles in the cup,
When it 7swirls around smoothly;
And stings like a viper.
And your heart will utter perverse things.
34 Yes, you will be like one who lies down in the 8midst of the sea,
Or like one who lies at the top of the mast, saying:
35 “They uhave struck me, but I was not hurt;
They have beaten me, but I did not feel it.
When shall vI awake, that I may seek another drink?”
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