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Proverbs 22:17–23:11

17The words of the wise:

Incline your ear and hear my words,
and apply your mind to my teaching;
18for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you,
if all of them are ready on your lips.
19So that your trust may be in the Lord,
I have made them known to you today—yes, to you.
20Have I not written for you thirty sayings
of admonition and knowledge,
21to show you what is right and true,
so that you may give a true answer to those who sent you? 22Do not rob the poor because they are poor,
or crush the afflicted at the gate;
23for the Lord pleads their cause
and despoils of life those who despoil them.
24Make no friends with those given to anger,
and do not associate with hotheads,
25or you may learn their ways
and entangle yourself in a snare.
26Do not be one of those who give pledges,
who become surety for debts.
27If you have nothing with which to pay,
why should your bed be taken from under you?
28Do not remove the ancient landmark
that your ancestors set up.
29Do you see those who are skillful in their work?
They will serve kings;
they will not serve common people. 23When you sit down to eat with a ruler,
observe carefully what is before you,
2and put a knife to your throat
if you have a big appetite.
3Do not desire the ruler’s delicacies,
for they are deceptive food.
4Do not wear yourself out to get rich;
be wise enough to desist.
5When your eyes light upon it, it is gone;
for suddenly it takes wings to itself,
flying like an eagle toward heaven.
6Do not eat the bread of the stingy;
do not desire their delicacies;
7for like a hair in the throat, so are they.
“Eat and drink!” they say to you;
but they do not mean it.
8You will vomit up the little you have eaten,
and you will waste your pleasant words.
9Do not speak in the hearing of a fool,
who will only despise the wisdom of your words.
10Do not remove an ancient landmark
or encroach on the fields of orphans,
11for their redeemer is strong;
he will plead their cause against you.

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