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The Sayings of the Wise44
22:17 Incline your ear45 and listen to the words of the wise,
and apply your heart to my instruction.46
22:19 So that51 your confidence may be in the Lord,
I am making them known to you today52—even you.
22:20 Have I not written thirty sayings53 for you,
sayings54 of counsel and knowledge,
22:21 to show you true and reliable words,55
so that you may give accurate answers56 to those who sent you?
22:22 Do not exploit57 a poor person because he is poor
and do not crush the needy in court,58
22:23 for the Lord will plead their case59
and will rob those who are robbing60 them.
22:24 Do not make friends with an angry person,61
and do not associate with a wrathful person,
22:25 lest you learn62 his ways
and entangle yourself in a snare.63
or who puts up security for debts.
22:28 Do not move an ancient boundary stone67
which was put in place by your ancestors.68
22:29 Do you see a person skilled69 in his work?
He will take his position before kings;
23:2 and put a knife to your throat3
if you possess a large appetite.4
23:3 Do not crave that ruler’s5 delicacies,
be wise enough to restrain yourself.8
23:5 When you gaze upon riches,9 they are gone,
for they surely make wings for themselves,
and fly off into the sky like an eagle!10
23:6 Do not eat the food of a stingy person,11
do not crave his delicacies;
“Eat and drink,” he says to you,
but his heart is not with you;
23:8 you will vomit up15 the little bit you have eaten,
and will have wasted your pleasant words.16
23:9 Do not speak in the ears of a fool,17
for he will despise the wisdom of your words.18
or take over19 the fields of the fatherless,
23:11 for their Protector20 is strong;
he will plead their case against you.21
23:12 Apply22 your heart to instruction
and your ears to the words of knowledge.
even if you strike him with the rod, he will not die.
23:14 If you strike23 him with the rod,
23:15 My child,26 if your heart is wise,
then my heart also will be glad;
23:16 my soul27 will rejoice
when your lips speak what is right.28
23:17 Do not let your heart envy29 sinners,
but rather be zealous in fearing the Lord30 all the time.
23:18 For surely there is a future,31
and your hope will not be cut off.32
23:19 Listen, my child,33 and be wise,
and guide your heart on the right way.
among those who eat too much36 meat,
and do not despise your mother when she is old.
23:23 Acquire39 truth and do not sell it—
wisdom, and discipline, and understanding.
23:24 The father of a righteous person will rejoice greatly;40
whoever fathers a wise child41 will have joy in him.
may she who bore you rejoice.42
23:26 Give me your heart, my son,43
and let your eyes observe my ways;
23:27 for a prostitute is like44 a deep pit;
23:28 Indeed, she lies in wait like a robber,48
23:29 Who has woe?51 Who has sorrow?
Who has contentions? Who has complaints?
Who has wounds without cause? Who has dullness52 of the eyes?
those who go looking for mixed wine.53
when it sparkles54 in the cup,
when it goes down smoothly.55
23:32 Afterward56 it bites like a snake,
and stings like a viper.
23:33 Your eyes will see strange things,57
and your mind will speak perverse things.
23:34 And you will be like one who lies down in the midst58 of the sea,
and like one who lies down on the top of the rigging.59
23:35 You will say,60 “They have struck me, but I am not harmed!
They beat me, but I did not know it!61
When will I awake? I will look for another drink.”62
24:1 Do not envy evil people,1
do not desire2 to be with them;
and their lips speak harm.3
and through understanding it is established;
with all kinds of precious and pleasing treasures.
and a man of knowledge makes his strength stronger;
and with numerous advisers there is victory.8
24:7 Wisdom is unattainable9 for a fool;
will be called a scheming person.12
24:9 A foolish scheme13 is sin,
and the scorner is an abomination to people.14
your strength is small!17
and hold back those slipping to the slaughter.18
does not the one who evaluates19 hearts consider?
Does not the one who guards your life know?
Will he not repay each person according to his deeds?20
24:13 Eat honey,21 my child, for it is good,
and honey from the honeycomb is sweet to your taste.
and your hope will not be cut off.
24:15 Do not lie in wait like the wicked26 against the place where the righteous live;
do not assault27 his home.
24:16 Although28 a righteous person may fall seven times, he gets up again,
but the wicked will be brought down29 by calamity.
24:17 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,30
and when he stumbles do not let your heart rejoice,
24:18 lest the Lord see it, and be displeased,31
and turn his wrath away from him.32
or be envious of wicked people,
24:20 for the evil person has no future,33
and the lamp of the wicked will be extinguished.34
24:21 Fear the Lord, my child,35 as well as the king,
24:22 for suddenly their destruction will overtake them,38
and who knows the ruinous judgment both the Lord and the king can bring?39
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