1When you sit to eat with a ruler, carefully discern whoa is before you,
2and put a knife in your throat if you have a greedy appetite.
3Do not crave his tasty foods, for it is deceptive bread.
4Do not wear yourself out by attempting to get rich; cease from relying upon your own understanding.
5If your eyes fly to it, then it is gone, for it surely makes wings for itself like an eagle, and it flies into the sky.
6Do not eat the bread of a stingy person,b and do not crave his tasty foods.
7For as he calculates in his soul, so he is. “Eat and drink,” he says to you, but his heart is not with you.
8The piece of bread you ate, you will vomit, and you have ruined your pleasant words.
9Do not speak into the ears of a fool, for he will have contempt for the prudence of your words.
10Do not move an ancient boundary marker, and do not enter into the fields of orphans,
11for he who redeems them is mighty; he will defend their case against you.
12Apply your heart to sound teaching, and apply your ears to words of knowledge.
13Do not withhold discipline from a child; he will not die when you strike him with the rod.
14You will strike him with the rod, and his soul will be delivered from Sheol.
15My son, if your heart is wise, my own heart will indeed rejoice.
16My inward partsc will rejoice when your lips speak with great integrity.
17Do not let your heart be envious of the sinners; rather, fear Yahweh all day long,
18for certainly there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.
19You had better listen, my son, and be wise, and direct your heart on the upright road.
20Do not be among those addicted to wine, or with gluttonous meat-eaters.
21For the addict and the glutton will become impoverished, and drowsiness wears rags.
22Listen to your father who begot you, and do not show contempt ford your mother when she is old.
23Get truth and do not sell it; get wisdom and teaching and understanding.
24The father of a righteous person will rejoice exceedingly, and the man who fathers a wise son will delight in him;
25may your father and your mother be glad, and may she rejoice—she who gave birth to you.
26My son, give your heart to me, and let your eyes observe my ways,
27for a prostitute is a deep pit, and a foreign woman is a narrow well.
28Indeed, she lies in wait like a robber, and she encourages people to act unfaithfully.
29Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has a complaint? Who has wounds without cause? Who has bleary eyes?
30It is those who linger over wine; those who come in to taste mixed wine.
31Do not look at the wine when it sparkles with red, when it gleams in the cup, when it goes down smoothly.
32In the end, it bites like a serpent, and it poisons like a viper.
33Your eyes will see strange things, and your heart will speak perverse things.
34And you will become like one who lies down in the middle of the sea, or like one who lies down on the top of a ship’s mast.
35“They struck me, but I did not feel pain. They hit me, but I did not know it. When will I awaken? I will seek it yet again.”