Proverbs 23:12-Proverbs 24:22 - Learning From Your Father

12 Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to the words of knowledge.

13 Do not withhold correction from a boy, for if you beat him with the rod, he will not die. 14 You shall beat him with the rod, and shall deliver his soul from hell.

15 My son, if your heart is wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine. 16 Yea, my heart shall rejoice when your lips speak right things.

17 Do not let your heart envy sinners; but be in the fear of Jehovah all the day long. 18 For surely there is a hereafter, and your hope shall not be cut off.

19 My son, hear and be wise, and guide your heart in the way. 20 Do not be among those who drink much wine, among gluttons for flesh for themselves, 21 for the drunkard and the glutton lose all, and sleepiness shall clothe a man with rags.

22 Listen to your father who sired you, and do not despise your mother when she is old. 23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding. 24 The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice; and he who fathers a wise child shall have joy from him. 25 Your father and your mother shall be glad, and she who bore you shall rejoice.

26 My son, give Me your heart, and let your eyes watch My ways. 27 For a harlot is a deep ditch, and a strange woman is a narrow pit. 28 She also lies in wait as for prey, and increases the treacherous among men.

29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has fighting? Who has babbling? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes? 30 Those who stay long at the wine, those who go to seek mixed wine. 31 Do not look upon the wine when it is red, when it gives its color in the cup, when it goes down smoothly 32 At the last it bites like an asp and stings like an adder. 33 Your eyes shall look upon strange women and your heart shall speak perverse things. 34 Yes, you shall be as one who lies down in the middle of the sea, or as one who lies upon the top of a mast, 35 saying, They struck me; I was not sick; they beat me, but I did not know it. When I awaken, I will add more. I will seek it again.

1 Do not be jealous of evil men, nor desire to be with them. 2 For their heart studies ruin, and their lips talk of mischief.

3 Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; 4 and by knowledge the rooms shall be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

5 A wise man is strong; yes, a man of knowledge increases strength. 6 For by wise counsel you shall make your war; and in a multitude of wise men there is safety.

7 Wisdom is too high for a fool; he does not open his mouth in the gate.

8 He who plots to do evil shall be called a master of wicked thoughts. 9 The thought of foolishness is sin; and the scorner is hateful to men.

10 If you faint in the day of trial, your strength is small. 11 Deliver those being taken to death, and those stumbling to be killed, unless you hold back. 12 If you say, Behold, we did not know; does not He who searches the heart consider it? And the Keeper of your soul, does He know? And He repays to a man according to his works.

13 My son, eat honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb is sweet to your palate; 14 so shall the knowledge of wisdom be to your soul; when you have found it, then there shall be a reward, and your hope shall not be cut off.

15 Wicked one, do not lie in ambush at the dwelling of the righteous; do not spoil his resting place; 16 for a just one falls seven times, and rises up again; but the wicked shall fall into evil.

17 Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; 18 lest Jehovah see, and it displease Him, and He turn away His wrath from him.

19 Do not fret yourself because of evil ones, nor be jealous of the wicked; 20 for there shall not be a hereafter to the evil; the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.

21 My son, fear Jehovah and the king; and do not fellowship with those who are given to change; 22 for their trouble shall rise suddenly, and who knows the ruin of them both?