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Proverbs Chapter 23 מִשְׁלֵי

א  כִּי-תֵשֵׁב, לִלְחוֹם אֶת-מוֹשֵׁל--    בִּין תָּבִין, אֶת-אֲשֶׁר לְפָנֶיךָ. 1 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider well him that is before thee;
ב  וְשַׂמְתָּ שַׂכִּין בְּלֹעֶךָ--    אִם-בַּעַל נֶפֶשׁ אָתָּה. 2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.
ג  אַל-תִּתְאָו, לְמַטְעַמּוֹתָיו;    וְהוּא, לֶחֶם כְּזָבִים. 3 Be not desirous of his dainties; seeing they are deceitful food.
ד  אַל-תִּיגַע לְהַעֲשִׁיר;    מִבִּינָתְךָ חֲדָל. 4 Weary not thyself to be rich; cease from thine own wisdom.
ה  התעוף (הֲתָעִיף) עֵינֶיךָ בּוֹ,    וְאֵינֶנּוּ:
כִּי עָשֹׂה יַעֲשֶׂה-לּוֹ כְנָפַיִם;    כְּנֶשֶׁר, ועיף (יָעוּף) הַשָּׁמָיִם.
5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon it? it is gone; {N}
for riches certainly make themselves wings, like an eagle that flieth toward heaven. {P}
ו  אַל-תִּלְחַם--אֶת-לֶחֶם, רַע עָיִן;    וְאַל-תִּתְאָו, לְמַטְעַמֹּתָיו. 6 Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainties;
ז  כִּי, כְּמוֹ שָׁעַר בְּנַפְשׁוֹ--    כֶּן-הוּא:
אֱכוֹל וּשְׁתֵה, יֹאמַר לָךְ;    וְלִבּוֹ, בַּל-עִמָּךְ.
7 For as one that hath reckoned within himself, so is he: {N}
'Eat and drink', saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
ח  פִּתְּךָ-אָכַלְתָּ תְקִיאֶנָּה;    וְשִׁחַתָּ, דְּבָרֶיךָ הַנְּעִימִים. 8 The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words.
ט  בְּאָזְנֵי כְסִיל, אַל-תְּדַבֵּר:    כִּי-יָבוּז, לְשֵׂכֶל מִלֶּיךָ. 9 Speak not in the ears of a fool; for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.
י  אַל-תַּסֵּג, גְּבוּל עוֹלָם;    וּבִשְׂדֵי יְתוֹמִים, אַל-תָּבֹא. 10 Remove not the ancient landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless;
יא  כִּי-גֹאֲלָם חָזָק;    הוּא-יָרִיב אֶת-רִיבָם אִתָּךְ. 11 For their Redeemer is strong; He will plead their cause with thee.
יב  הָבִיאָה לַמּוּסָר לִבֶּךָ;    וְאָזְנֶךָ, לְאִמְרֵי-דָעַת. 12 Apply thy heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.
יג  אַל-תִּמְנַע מִנַּעַר מוּסָר:    כִּי-תַכֶּנּוּ בַשֵּׁבֶט, לֹא יָמוּת. 13 Withhold not correction from the child; for though thou beat him with the rod, he will not die.
יד  אַתָּה, בַּשֵּׁבֶט תַּכֶּנּוּ;    וְנַפְשׁוֹ, מִשְּׁאוֹל תַּצִּיל. 14 Thou beatest him with the rod, and wilt deliver his soul from the nether-world.
טו  בְּנִי, אִם-חָכַם לִבֶּךָ--    יִשְׂמַח לִבִּי גַם-אָנִי. 15 My son, if thy heart be wise, my heart will be glad, even mine;
טז  וְתַעְלֹזְנָה כִלְיוֹתָי--    בְּדַבֵּר שְׂפָתֶיךָ, מֵישָׁרִים. 16 Yea, my reins will rejoice, when thy lips speak right things.
יז  אַל-יְקַנֵּא לִבְּךָ, בַּחַטָּאִים:    כִּי אִם-בְּיִרְאַת-יְהוָה, כָּל-הַיּוֹם. 17 Let not thy heart envy sinners, but be in the fear of the LORD all the day;
יח  כִּי, אִם-יֵשׁ אַחֲרִית;    וְתִקְוָתְךָ, לֹא תִכָּרֵת. 18 For surely there is a future; and thy hope shall not be cut off.
יט  שְׁמַע-אַתָּה בְנִי וַחֲכָם;    וְאַשֵּׁר בַּדֶּרֶךְ לִבֶּךָ. 19 Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thy heart in the way.
כ  אַל-תְּהִי בְסֹבְאֵי-יָיִן--    בְּזֹלְלֵי בָשָׂר לָמוֹ. 20 Be not among winebibbers; among gluttonous eaters of flesh;
כא  כִּי-סֹבֵא וְזוֹלֵל, יִוָּרֵשׁ;    וּקְרָעִים, תַּלְבִּישׁ נוּמָה. 21 For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty; and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.
כב  שְׁמַע לְאָבִיךָ, זֶה יְלָדֶךָ;    וְאַל-תָּבוּז, כִּי-זָקְנָה אִמֶּךָ. 22 Hearken unto thy father that begot thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.
כג  אֱמֶת קְנֵה, וְאַל-תִּמְכֹּר;    חָכְמָה וּמוּסָר וּבִינָה. 23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
כד  גול (גִּיל) יָגִיל, אֲבִי צַדִּיק;    יולד (וְיוֹלֵד) חָכָם, וישמח- (יִשְׂמַח-) בּוֹ. 24 The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; and he that begetteth a wise child will have joy of him.
כה  יִשְׂמַח-אָבִיךָ וְאִמֶּךָ;    וְתָגֵל, יוֹלַדְתֶּךָ. 25 Let thy father and thy mother be glad, and let her that bore thee rejoice.
כו  תְּנָה-בְנִי לִבְּךָ לִי;    וְעֵינֶיךָ, דְּרָכַי תרצנה (תִּצֹּרְנָה). 26 My son, give me thy heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.
כז  כִּי-שׁוּחָה עֲמֻקָּה זוֹנָה;    וּבְאֵר צָרָה, נָכְרִיָּה. 27 For a harlot is a deep ditch; and an alien woman is a narrow pit.
כח  אַף-הִיא, כְּחֶתֶף תֶּאֱרֹב;    וּבוֹגְדִים, בְּאָדָם תּוֹסִף. 28 She also lieth in wait as a robber, and increaseth the faithless among men.
כט  לְמִי אוֹי לְמִי אֲבוֹי, לְמִי מדונים (מִדְיָנִים) לְמִי שִׂיחַ--    לְמִי, פְּצָעִים חִנָּם;
לְמִי,    חַכְלִלוּת עֵינָיִם.
29 Who crieth: 'Woe'? who: 'Alas'? who hath contentions? who hath raving? who hath wounds without cause? {N}
who hath redness of eyes?
ל  לַמְאַחֲרִים עַל-הַיָּיִן--    לַבָּאִים, לַחְקֹר מִמְסָךְ. 30 They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to try mixed wine.
לא  אַל-תֵּרֶא יַיִן, כִּי יִתְאַדָּם:    כִּי-יִתֵּן בכיס (בַּכּוֹס) עֵינוֹ; יִתְהַלֵּךְ, בְּמֵישָׁרִים. 31 Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth its colour in the cup, when it glideth down smoothly;
לב  אַחֲרִיתוֹ, כְּנָחָשׁ יִשָּׁךְ;    וּכְצִפְעֹנִי יַפְרִשׁ. 32 At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like a basilisk.
לג  עֵינֶיךָ, יִרְאוּ זָרוֹת;    וְלִבְּךָ, יְדַבֵּר תַּהְפֻּכוֹת. 33 Thine eyes shall behold strange things, and thy heart shall utter confused things.
לד  וְהָיִיתָ, כְּשֹׁכֵב בְּלֶב-יָם;    וּכְשֹׁכֵב, בְּרֹאשׁ חִבֵּל. 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.
לה  הִכּוּנִי בַל-חָלִיתִי--    הֲלָמוּנִי, בַּל-יָדָעְתִּי:
מָתַי אָקִיץ;    אוֹסִיף, אֲבַקְשֶׁנּוּ עוֹד.
35 'They have struck me, and I felt it not, they have beaten me, and I knew it not; {N}
when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.'

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