Proverbs 23: Things You Need to Know
Read verses 1, 3, 9, 12, 20, 23-25, 29-35
When dining with the powerful, don’t fall in love with the food.
They may have an ulterior motive; the meal is just the prelude.
Do not consort with evil men nor desire their gifts and favor
After they have their hooks in you, they dictate your behavior.
Don’t waste your breath on inane fools; they despise the wisest advice.
Spending their lives on silly schemes, they live in a fool’s paradise.
But commit yourself to learning; listen to those who are wise.
Observe their life; considering the outcome, their qualities reprise.
Here’s a sure path to failure, to be certain your life is a junker:
Work half-hearted and then go out and spend your night with drunkards.
They overeat, love to sleep; they descend into paucity.
This kind of lifestyle clearly reveals a failed philosophy.
Pursue the truth and never sell it; add wisdom, restraint, and good sense.
The rewards of following pious counsel are enduring and immense.
Such a godly son or daughter makes their parents joyful and glad.
Many are those who reject this wisdom, making their family sad.
Who has anguish? Who has sorrow? Who has bruises and bloodshot eyes?
The foolish daughter who runs to the bars where she finds all the wrong kind of guys.
Who is the person belligerent and fighting, who ends up in altercations?
He who drinks his paycheck away, a sin passed through generations.
The wisest man on the face of the earth wrote all these proverbs true
To educate his sons and daughters, to show them what to do.
God preserved these Bible truths, delivered them through the ages,
They will faithfully guide us too, for they’re fit for rulers and sages.
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