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Passage Lookup: Proverbs 23

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Proverbs 23:1
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When you sit down to dine with a ruler, Consider carefully [a]what is before you,
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Proverbs 23:2
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And put a knife to your throat If you are a (a)man of great appetite.
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Proverbs 23:3
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Do not (b)desire his delicacies, For it is deceptive food.
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Proverbs 23:4
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(c)Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, (d)Cease from your [b]consideration of it.
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Proverbs 23:5
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[c]When you set your eyes on it, it is gone. For (e)wealth certainly makes itself wings Like an eagle that flies toward the heavens.
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Proverbs 23:6
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(f)Do not eat the bread of [d]a (g)selfish man, Or desire his delicacies;
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Proverbs 23:7
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For as he [e]thinks within himself, so he is. He says to you, "Eat and drink!" But (h)his heart is not with you.
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Proverbs 23:8
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You will (i)vomit up [f]the morsel you have eaten, And waste your [g]compliments.
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Proverbs 23:9
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(j)Do not speak in the [h]hearing of a fool, For he will (k)despise the wisdom of your words.
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Proverbs 23:10
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Do not move the ancient boundary Or (l)go into the fields of the fatherless,
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Proverbs 23:11
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For their (m)Redeemer is strong; (n)He will plead their case against you.
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Proverbs 23:12
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Apply your heart to discipline And your ears to words of knowledge.
Proverbs 23:13
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(o)Do not hold back discipline from the child, Although you [i]strike him with the rod, he will not die.
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Proverbs 23:14
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You shall [j]strike him with the rod And (p)rescue his soul from Sheol.
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Proverbs 23:15
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My son, if your heart is (q)wise, My own heart also will be glad;
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Proverbs 23:16
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And my [k]inmost being will rejoice When your lips speak (r)what is right.
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Proverbs 23:17
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(s)Do not let your heart envy sinners, But live in the [l](t)fear of the Lord [m]always.
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Proverbs 23:18
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Surely there is a [n](u)future, And your (v)hope will not be cut off.
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Proverbs 23:19
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Listen, my son, and (w)be wise, And (x)direct your heart in the way.
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Proverbs 23:20
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Do not be with (y)heavy drinkers of wine, Or with (z)gluttonous eaters of meat;
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Proverbs 23:21
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For the (aa)heavy drinker and the glutton will come to poverty, And (ab)drowsiness will clothe one with rags.
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Proverbs 23:22
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(ac)Listen to your father who begot you, And (ad)do not despise your mother when she is old.
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Proverbs 23:23
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(ae)Buy truth, and do not sell it, Get wisdom and instruction and understanding.
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Proverbs 23:24
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The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice, And (af)he who sires a wise son will be glad in him.
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Proverbs 23:25
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Let your (ag)father and your mother be glad, And let her rejoice who gave birth to you.
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Proverbs 23:26
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(ah)Give me your heart, my son, And let your eyes [o](ai)delight in my ways.
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Proverbs 23:27
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For a harlot is a (aj)deep pit And an [p](ak)adulterous woman is a narrow well.
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Proverbs 23:28
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Surely she (al)lurks as a robber, And increases the [q]faithless among men.
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Proverbs 23:29
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Who has (am)woe? Who has sorrow? Who has contentions? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness of eyes?
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Proverbs 23:30
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Those who (an)linger long over wine, Those who go to [r]taste (ao)mixed wine.
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Proverbs 23:31
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Do not look on the wine when it is red, When it [s]sparkles in the cup, When it (ap)goes down smoothly;
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Proverbs 23:32
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At the last it (aq)bites like a serpent And stings like a (ar)viper.
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Proverbs 23:33
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Your eyes will see strange things And your [t]mind will (as)utter perverse things.
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Proverbs 23:34
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And you will be like one who lies down in the [u]middle of the sea, Or like one who lies down on the top of a [v]mast.
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Proverbs 23:35
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"They (at)struck me, but I did not become [w]ill; They beat me, but I did not know it. When shall I awake? I will (au)seek [x]another drink."
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