1 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, Thou considerest diligently that which is before thee,
1 When you sit down to dine with a ruler, Consider carefully what is before you,
1 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee:
1 Whenever you sit down to dine with a ruler, carefully think about what is before you.
2 And thou hast put a knife to thy throat, If thou art a man of appetite.
2 And put a knife to your throat If you are a man of great appetite.
2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.
2 Put a knife to your own throat, if you have a big appetite.
3 Have no desire to his dainties, seeing it is lying food.
3 Do not desire his delicacies, For it is deceptive food.
3 Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.
3 Don't crave his delicacies, because the meal is deceptive.
4 Labour not to make wealth, From thine own understanding cease, Dost thou cause thine eyes to fly upon it? Then it is not.
4 Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, Cease from your consideration of it.
4 Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.
4 Don't exhaust yourself acquiring wealth; be smart enough to stop.
5 For wealth maketh to itself wings, As an eagle it flieth to the heavens.
5 When you set your eyes on it, it is gone. For wealth certainly makes itself wings Like an eagle that flies toward the heavens.
5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
5 When you fix your gaze on it, it's gone, for it sprouts wings for itself and flies to the sky like an eagle.
6 Eat not the bread of an evil eye, And have no desire to his dainties,
6 Do not eat the bread of a selfish man, Or desire his delicacies;
6 Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats:
6 Don't consume food provided by a miserly person, and don't desire his delicacies,
7 For as he hath thought in his soul, so is he, 'Eat and drink,' saith he to thee, And his heart is not with thee.
7 For as he thinks within himself, so he is. He says to you, "Eat and drink!" But his heart is not with you.
7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
7 for as he thinks within himself, so he is. "Eat and drink!" he'll say to you, but his heart won't be with you.
8 Thy morsel thou hast eaten thou dost vomit up, And hast marred thy words that are sweet.
8 You will vomit up the morsel you have eaten, And waste your compliments.
8 The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words.
8 You will vomit the little you’ve eatenand waste your pleasant words.
8 You'll vomit up what little you've eaten, and your compliments will have been wasted.
9 In the ears of a fool speak not, For he treadeth on the wisdom of thy words.
9 Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, For he will despise the wisdom of your words.
9 Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.
9 Don't speak when a fool is listening, because he'll despise your wise words.
10 Remove not a border of olden times, And into fields of the fatherless enter not,
10 Do not move the ancient boundary Or go into the fields of the fatherless,
10 Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless:
10 Don't move ancient boundaries or invade fields belonging to orphans;
11 For their Redeemer is strong, He doth plead their cause with thee.
11 For their Redeemer is strong; He will plead their case against you.
11 For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead their cause with thee.
11 for strong is their Redeemer who will take up their case against you.
12 Bring in to instruction thy heart, And thine ear to sayings of knowledge.
12 Apply your heart to discipline And your ears to words of knowledge.
12 Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.
12 Apply yourself to disciplineand listen to words of knowledge.
12 Learn diligently, and listen to words of knowledge.
13 Withhold not from a youth chastisement, When thou smitest him with a rod he dieth not.
13 Do not hold back discipline from the child, Although you strike him with the rod, he will not die.
13 Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.
13 Don't withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with a rod, he won't die.
14 Thou with a rod smitest him, And his soul from Sheol thou deliverest.
14 You shall strike him with the rod And rescue his soul from Sheol.
14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.
14 Punish him with a rod, and you will rescue his soul from Sheol.
15 My son, if thy heart hath been wise, My heart rejoiceth, even mine,
15 My son, if your heart is wise, My own heart also will be glad;
15 My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine.
15 My son, if your heart is wise, my own heart will greatly rejoice.
16 And my reins exult when thy lips speak uprightly.
16 And my inmost being will rejoice When your lips speak what is right.
16 Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things.
16 My innermost being will be glad when your lips speak what is right.
17 Let not thy heart be envious at sinners, But -- in the fear of Jehovah all the day.
17 Do not let your heart envy sinners, But live in the fear of the LORD always.
17 Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long.
17 Never let yourself envy sinners; instead, remain in fear of the LORD every day,
18 For, is there a posterity? Then thy hope is not cut off.
18 Surely there is a future, And your hope will not be cut off.
18 For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.
18 for there is surely a future life, and what you hope for will not be cut off.
19 Hear thou, my son, and be wise, And make happy in the way thy heart,
19 Listen, my son, and be wise, And direct your heart in the way.
19 Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.
19 Listen, my son, and be wise;keep your mind on the right course.
19 Listen, my son, and be wise, commit yourself to live God's way.
20 Be not thou among quaffers of wine, Among gluttonous ones of flesh,
20 Do not be with heavy drinkers of wine, Or with gluttonous eaters of meat;
20 Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:
20 Don't associate with heavy drinkers or dine with gluttons,
21 For the quaffer and glutton become poor, And drowsiness clotheth with rags.
21 For the heavy drinker and the glutton will come to poverty, And drowsiness will clothe one with rags.
21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.
21 because drunks and gluttons tend to become poor, and drowsiness will clothe them in rags.
22 Hearken to thy father, who begat thee, And despise not thy mother when she hath become old.
22 Listen to your father who begot you, And do not despise your mother when she is old.
22 Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.
22 Listen to the one who fathered you, and don't despise your mother in her old age.
23 Truth buy, and sell not, Wisdom, and instruction, and understanding,
23 Buy truth, and do not sell it, Get wisdom and instruction and understanding.
23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
23 Purchase truth, but don't sell it; store up wisdom, instruction, and understanding.
24 The father of the righteous rejoiceth greatly, The begetter of the wise rejoiceth in him.
24 The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice, And he who sires a wise son will be glad in him.
24 The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him.
24 The father of a righteous person will greatly rejoice; whoever fathers a wise son will be glad because of him.
25 Rejoice doth thy father and thy mother, Yea, she that bare thee is joyful.
25 Let your father and your mother be glad, And let her rejoice who gave birth to you.
25 Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.
25 Let your father and mother rejoice; make the one who gave birth to you happy.
26 Give, my son, thy heart to me, And let thine eyes watch my ways.
26 Give me your heart, my son, And let your eyes delight in my ways.
26 My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.
26 My son, give me your heart,and let your eyes observe my ways.
26 Give me your heart, my son, and keep your eyes fixed on my ways,
27 For a harlot is a deep ditch, And a strange woman is a strait pit.
27 For a harlot is a deep pit And an adulterous woman is a narrow well.
27 For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit.
27 because a prostitute is a deep pit, and the adulterous woman a narrow well.
28 She also, as catching prey, lieth in wait, And the treacherous among men she increaseth.
28 Surely she lurks as a robber, And increases the faithless among men.
28 She also lieth in wait as for a prey, and increaseth the transgressors among men.
28 Surely she lies in wait like a bandit, increasing those who are faithless among mankind.
29 Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? Who hath contentions? who hath plaint? Who hath wounds without cause? Who hath redness of eyes?
29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes?
29 Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?
29 Who has woe? Who has grief? Who has contention? Who has complaints? Who has wounds without cause? Who has bloodshot eyes?
30 Those tarrying by the wine, Those going in to search out mixed wine.
30 Those who linger long over wine, Those who go to taste mixed wine.
30 They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.
30 Those who linger over their wine, who consume mixed drinks.
31 See not wine when it showeth itself red, When it giveth in the cup its colour, It goeth up and down through the upright.
31 Do not look on the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, When it goes down smoothly;
31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.
31 Don't stare into red wine, when it sparkles in the cup and goes down smoothly.
32 Its latter end -- as a serpent it biteth, And as a basilisk it stingeth.
32 At the last it bites like a serpent And stings like a viper.
32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
32 In the end it bites like a snakeand stings like a viper.
32 Eventually it will bite like a snake and sting like a serpent.
33 Thine eyes see strange women, And thy heart speaketh perverse things.
33 Your eyes will see strange things And your mind will utter perverse things.
33 Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.
33 Your eyes will see strange things, and with slurred words you'll speak what you really believe.
34 And thou hast been as one lying down in the heart of the sea, And as one lying down on the top of a mast.
34 And you will be like one who lies down in the middle of the sea, Or like one who lies down on the top of a mast.
34 Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.
34 You’ll be like someone sleeping out at seaor lying down on the top of a ship’s mast.
34 You will be like someone who lies down in the sea, or like someone who sleeps on top of a mast.
35 They smote me, I have not been sick, They beat me, I have not known. When I awake -- I seek it yet again!'
35 "They struck me, but I did not become ill; They beat me, but I did not know it When shall I awake? I will seek another drink."
35 They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.
35 "They struck me," you will say, "but I never felt it. They beat me, but I never knew it When will I wake up? I want another drink."
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