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Ward Green Version, 2003 American Standard Version, 1901
© 2003 Ward Green. All rights reserved.
Proverbs 23
1If you with his lordship would linger to dine
1Do contemplate what is in store
2A knife to your throat will be powerful fine
2To keep you from hungering more

3Now be not desiring that dainty food, see!
3It is as the food of a bribe
4To chase after riches you must not agree
4Nor to your own wisdom subscribe

5For riches you have not to gasp don't you know
5You chase after nothing but lies
5Like eagles' wings far from your grasp they do grow
5And off to the heavens it flies

6Devour not the food of a stingier man
6Desire not his dainties or meats
7He reckons for all but for you in his plan
7When `Eat up!' or `Drink!' he entreats

8Your delicate morsel you'll soon vomit out
8And waste the sweet words from your beak
9Into a fool's ear whisper say scream or shout
9Despicable wisdom you speak

10Don't alter a border perpetual now
10No orphan's land do you take in
11For God his redeemer with strength will endow
11To give recompense for your sin

12Take this to your heart and instruction apply
12To these words of knowledge give ear
13Correction do not from a young boy deny
13But beat him with no deadly fear

14And thrash him you shall with the rod that you save
14By beating him so you keep him from the grave
15My son if your heart now be wise
15My own heart is glad I advise

16My kidneys exult yes they cry out for joy
16When righteous words sprout from the lips of a boy
17And let not your heart envy sin
17In fear of Jehovah begin

17Yes fear you Jehovah the length of the day
18And surely in hope to the end you should pray
18Your hope is alike to a cord
18That cannot be cut by a sword

19My son pray be wise to the things that I say
19And listen to keep your heart straight on its way
20No be not with drinkers of wine
20Nor gluttonous eaters nor swine

21A drunkard and glutton do come to their end
21When sadly it seems there is nothing to spend
21And drowsiness has its own tags
21It clothes one with nothing but rags

22Pay heed to your father who you did create
22Your mother because she's grown old do not hate
23But buy truth and dare you not sell
23The wisest instruction learn well

24Your father will bless you and greatly rejoice
24When you to be righteous decide make the choice
25Your father and mother are glad
25And she that in bearing you had

26Direct o my son you your heart now to me
26May your eyes observe all my gait
27A whore is a ditch for a prostitute be
27A troubling narrowing strait

28A harlot she waits and in ambush she lies
28And seeks she what prey she may find
28She works to effect on the men she espies
28Increasing the treacherous kind
29Who have such contentions or sorrow or woe
29That bleary-eyed red-faced they pine
29With festering wounds but no visible foe
29For those who continue with wine

31So look not at wine when it gives off a glow
31And sparkles bright red in the cup
32For know in the end it will strike you a blow
32The sting of a snake you bring up

33Your eyes will be caught when a girl misbehaves
33Your heart to perversity cast
34And you as asleep in a sea tossed by waves
34In bed at the top of a mast

35``They struck me but I wasn't hurt by the blow''
35``They beat me, but I don't feel sore''
35``I don't even know when I'll wake but I know''
35``In waking I will find some more''
© 2003 Ward Green. All rights reserved.

Proverbs 23 1
When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, Consider diligently him that is before thee;
Proverbs 23 2
And put a knife to thy throat, If thou be a man given to appetite.
Proverbs 23 3
Be not desirous of his dainties; Seeing they are deceitful food.
Proverbs 23 4
Weary not thyself to be rich; Cease from thine own wisdom.
Proverbs 23 5
Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? For [riches] certainly make themselves wings, Like an eagle that flieth toward heaven.
Proverbs 23 6
Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, Neither desire thou his dainties:
Proverbs 23 7
For as he thinketh within himself, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; But his heart is not with thee.
Proverbs 23 8
The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, And lose thy sweet words.
Proverbs 23 9
Speak not in the hearing of a fool; For he will despise the wisdom of thy words.
Proverbs 23 10
Remove not the ancient landmark; And enter not into the fields of the fatherless:
Proverbs 23 11
For their Redeemer is strong; He will plead their cause against thee.
Proverbs 23 12
Apply thy heart unto instruction, And thine ears to the words of knowledge.
Proverbs 23 13
Withhold not correction from the child; [For] if thou beat him with the rod, he will not die.
Proverbs 23 14
Thou shalt beat him with the rod, And shalt deliver his soul from Sheol.
Proverbs 23 15
My son, if thy heart be wise, My heart will be glad, even mine:
Proverbs 23 16
Yea, my heart will rejoice, When thy lips speak right things.
Proverbs 23 17
Let not thy heart envy sinners; But [be thou] in the fear of Jehovah all the day long:
Proverbs 23 18
For surely there is a reward; And thy hope shall not be cut off.
Proverbs 23 19
Hear thou, my son, and be wise, And guide thy heart in the way.
Proverbs 23 20
Be not among winebibbers, Among gluttonous eaters of flesh:
Proverbs 23 21
For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty; And drowsiness will clothe [a man] with rags.
Proverbs 23 22
Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, And despise not thy mother when she is old.
Proverbs 23 23
Buy the truth, and sell it not; [Yea], wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
Proverbs 23 24
The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; And he that begetteth a wise child will have joy of him.
Proverbs 23 25
Let thy father and thy mother be glad, And let her that bare thee rejoice.
Proverbs 23 26
My son, give me thy heart; And let thine eyes delight in my ways.
Proverbs 23 27
For a harlot is a deep ditch; And a foreign woman is a narrow pit.
Proverbs 23 28
Yea, she lieth in wait as a robber, And increaseth the treacherous among men.
Proverbs 23 29
Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? Who hath complaining? who hath wounds without cause? Who hath redness of eyes?
Proverbs 23 30
They that tarry long at the wine; They that go to seek out mixed wine.
Proverbs 23 31
Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, When it sparkleth in the cup, When it goeth down smoothly:
Proverbs 23 32
At the last it biteth like a serpent, And stingeth like an adder.
Proverbs 23 33
Thine eyes shall behold strange things, And thy heart shall utter perverse things.
Proverbs 23 34
Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, Or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.
Proverbs 23 35
They have stricken me, [shalt thou say], and I was not hurt; They have beaten me, and I felt it not: When shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.
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