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