Meditation and Prayer Journey – Proverbs 23

Proverbs 23


NIV Version,  Message VersionEnglish Standard Version (see the list of related scriptures at the bottom of the ESV page), King James Version

Amplified Version

1WHEN YOU sit down to eat with a ruler, consider who and what are before you;

2For you will put a knife to your throat if you are a man given to desire.

3Be not desirous of his dainties, for it is deceitful food [offered with questionable motives].

4Weary not yourself to be rich; cease from your own [human] wisdom.(A)

5Will you set your eyes upon wealth, when [suddenly] it is gone? For riches certainly make themselves wings, like an eagle that flies toward the heavens.

6Eat not the bread of him who has a hard, grudging, and envious eye, neither desire his dainty foods;

7For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. As one who reckons, he says to you, eat and drink, yet his heart is not with you [but is grudging the cost].

8The morsel which you have eaten you will vomit up, and your complimentary words will be wasted.

9Speak not in the ears of a [self-confident] fool, for he will despise the [godly] Wisdom of your words.(B)

10Remove not the ancient landmark and enter not into the fields of the fatherless,(C)

11For their Redeemer is mighty; He will plead their cause against you.

12Apply your mind to instruction and correction and your ears to words of knowledge.

13Withhold not discipline from the child; for if you strike and punish him with the [reedlike] rod, he will not die.

14You shall whip him with the rod and deliver his life from Sheol (Hades, the place of the dead).

15My son, if your heart is wise, my heart will be glad, even mine;

16Yes, my heart will rejoice when your lips speak right things.

17Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord all the day long.

18For surely there is a latter end [a future and a reward], and your hope and expectation shall not be cut off.

19Hear, my son, and be wise, and direct your mind in the way [of the Lord].

20Do not associate with winebibbers; be not among them nor among gluttonous eaters of meat,(D)

21For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty, and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.

22Hearken to your father, who begot you, and despise not your mother when she is old.

23Buy the truth and sell it not; not only that, but also get discernment and judgment, instruction and understanding.

24The father of the [uncompromisingly] righteous (the upright, in right standing with God) shall greatly rejoice, and he who becomes the father of a wise child shall have joy in him.

25Let your father and your mother be glad, and let her who bore you rejoice.

26My son, give me your heart and let your eyes observe and delight in my ways,

27For a harlot is a deep ditch, and a loose woman is a narrow pit.

28She also lies in wait as a robber or as one waits for prey, and she increases the treacherous among men.

29Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaining? Who has wounds without cause? Who has redness and dimness of eyes?

30Those who tarry long at the wine, those who go to seek and try mixed wine.(E)

31Do not look at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the wineglass, when it goes down smoothly.

32At the last it bites like a serpent and stings like an adder.

33[Under the influence of wine] your eyes will behold strange things [and loose women] and your mind will utter things turned the wrong way [untrue, incorrect, and petulant].

34Yes, you will be [as unsteady] as he who lies down in the midst of the sea, and [as open to disaster] as he who lies upon the top of a mast.

35You will say, They struck me, but I was not hurt! They beat me [as with a hammer], but I did not feel it! When shall I awake? I will crave and seek more wine again [and escape reality].

* NOTE: Other views expressed by those whose materials has been referenced here, do not necessarily reflect this author’s personal views.

Further Study

Proverb-A-Day: Chapter 23

Proverbs Spiritual Checkup

Proverbs 23:13, 14
J R Miller

Some parents and teachers have such gentle hearts that they cannot bear to correct a child lest they cause it pain.

They forget that to leave in a child’s heart an uncorrected fault, or to allow to grow up in its life unchecked any wrong tendency, is the greatest unkindness they could possibly do the child. To leave the roots of weeds growing in the garden among the flowers, is to insure the springing up of those weeds, by and by, to mar the beauty of the garden.

Any one should be glad to have a fault pointed out – not glad that the fault is there, but that it is now known, so that it may be put away. We should always deal with our discovered faults relentlessly. Even the right hand should be cut off, or the right eye plucked out, in order that the soul may be saved.

Nor should any tender feeling ever prevent a parent or a teacher from trying to correct a fault in a child. Love must always seek the best.

Multi Media

The Book of Proverbs as narrated by Max McLean – Proverbs 22

OVERFLOW – Psalm 23:7


STUDIES ON PROVERBS Exposition: Proverbs

Bible commentaries: Here are a few I personally use: John Darby’s SynopsisMatthew Henry’s Concise Commentary;John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes; John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible

Bible Explained: An interactive commentary on the whole Bible.

My Reflections

Wise or Foolish

Personal pop out verses:

None really popped out at me, except the verses about wine, not sure how people can justify drinking a lot of it when the Bible says so many times not to and that it’s foolish. But I don’t drink, so it wouldn’t really apply to my life.


Father, thank you for Your unending supply of grace, mercy, love, justice, and meeting all our needs. Lord, You truly are Lord of lords, owner and creator of everything. All needs you meet as a true Lord does. I simply want to say thank You for You being You and allowing me to be with You. Thank you for your blessings, your teachings, your wisdom, and your knowledge. Thank you for your words, your covering, and your sacrifice. I am unworthy of Your love yet am showered in it. Thank you. Amen!

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