Proverbs 23:19-28

Listen, my son, and be wise,
And direct your heart in the way.
Do not be with heavy drinkers of wine,
Or with gluttonous eaters of meat;
For the heavy drinker and the glutton will come to poverty,
And drowsiness will clothe one with rags.

Listen to your father who begot you,
And do not despise your mother when she is old.
Buy truth, and do not sell it,
Get wisdom and instruction and understanding.

The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice,
And he who sires a wise son will be glad in him.
Let your father and your mother be glad,
And let her rejoice who gave birth to you.

Give me your heart, my son,
And let your eyes [a]delight in my ways.
For a harlot is a deep pit
And an [b]adulterous woman is a narrow well.
Surely she lurks as a robber,
And increases the [c]faithless among men.


Footnotes
  1. Proverbs 23:26 Another reading is observe
  2. Proverbs 23:27 Lit strange
  3. Proverbs 23:28 Lit treacherous

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