Proverbs 23:1-17, On Conduct


1When you sit down to dine with a ruler,

Consider carefully what is before you,

2And put a knife to your throat

If you are a man of great appetite.

3Do not desire his delicacies,

For it is deceptive food.

4Do not weary yourself to gain wealth,

Cease from your consideration of it.

5When you set your eyes on it, it is gone.

For wealth certainly makes itself wings

Like an eagle that flies toward the heavens.

6Do not eat the bread of a selfish man,

Or desire his delicacies;

7For as he thinks within himself, so he is.

He says to you, “Eat and drink!”

But his heart is not with you.

8You will vomit up the morsel you have eaten,

And waste your compliments.

9Do not speak in the hearing of a fool,

For he will despise the wisdom of your words.

10Do not move the ancient boundary

Or go into the fields of the fatherless,

11For their Redeemer is strong;

He will plead their case against you.

12Apply your heart to discipline

And your ears to words of knowledge.

13Do not hold back discipline from the child,

Although you strike him with the rod, he will not die.

14You shall strike him with the rod

And rescue his soul from Sheol.

15My son, if your heart is wise,

My own heart also will be glad;

16And my inmost being will rejoice

When your lips speak what is right.

17Do not let your heart envy sinners,

But live in the fear of the Lord always.

1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation


Action: What does is mean to “live in the fear of the Lord”?