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Geneva Bible (1599): Proverbs 23

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1 When thou sittest to eate with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee,

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2 And put the knife to thy throte, if thou be a man giuen to the appetite.

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3 Be not desirous of his deintie meates: for it is a deceiuable meate.

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4 Trauaile not too much to be rich: but cease from thy wisdome.

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5 Wilt thou cast thine eyes vpon it, which is nothing? for riches taketh her to her wings, as an eagle, and flyeth into the heauen.

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6 Eate thou not the bread of him that hath an euil eye, neither desire his deintie meates.

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7 For as though he thought it in his heart, so will hee say vnto thee, Eate and drinke: but his heart is not with thee.

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8 Thou shalt vomit thy morsels that thou hast eaten, and thou shalt lose thy sweete wordes.

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9 Speake not in the eares of a foole: for hee will despise the wisdome of thy wordes.

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10 Remooue not the ancient boundes, and enter not into the fieldes of the fatherlesse.

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11 For he that redeemeth them, is mightie: he will defend their cause against thee.

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12 Apply thine heart to instruction, and thine eares to the wordes of knowledge.

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13 Withhold not correction from the childe: if thou smite him with the rodde, he shall not die.

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14 Thou shalt smite him with the rodde, and shalt deliuer his soule from hell.

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15 My sonne, if thine heart be wise, mine heart shall reioyce, and I also.

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16 And my reynes shall reioyce, when thy lips speake righteous things.

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17 Let not thine heart bee enuious against sinners: but let it bee in the feare of the Lord continually.

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18 For surely there is an ende, and thy hope shall not be cut off.

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19 O thou my sonne, heare, and bee wise, and guide thine heart in the way.

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20 Keepe not company with drunkards, nor with gluttons.

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21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall bee poore, and the sleeper shalbe clothed with ragges.

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22 Obey thy father that hath begotten thee, and despise not thy mother when she is olde.

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23 Bye the trueth, but sell it not: likewise wisdome, and instruction, and vnderstanding.

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24 The father of the righteous shall greatly reioyce, and hee that begetteth a wise childe, shall haue ioy of him.

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25 Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall reioyce.

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26 My sonne, giue mee thine heart, and let thine eyes delite in my wayes.

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27 For a whore is as a deepe ditche, and a strange woman is as a narrowe pitte.

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28 Also she lyeth in wait as for a praye, and she increaseth the transgressers among men.

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29 To whome is woe? to whome is sorowe? to whom is strife? to whom is murmuring? to whom are woundes without cause? and to whome is the rednesse of the eyes?

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30 Euen to them that tarie long at the wine, to them that goe, and seeke mixt wine.

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31 Looke not thou vpon the wine, when it is red, and when it sheweth his colour in the cup, or goeth downe pleasantly.

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32 In the ende thereof it will bite like a serpent, and hurt like a cockatrise.

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33 Thine eyes shall looke vpon strange women, and thine heart shall speake lewde things.

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34 And thou shalt bee as one that sleepeth in the middes of the sea, and as hee that sleepeth in the toppe of the maste.

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35 They haue stricken mee, shalt thou say, but I was not sicke: they haue beaten mee, but I knew not, when I awoke: therefore will I seeke it yet still.

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