Proverbs 23:13-28

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Saying 13 13Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish them with the rod, they will not die.

14Punish them with the rod and save them from death.

Saying 14 15My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad indeed;

16my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right.

Saying 15 17Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD .

18There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.

Saying 16 19Listen, my son, and be wise, and set your heart on the right path:

20Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat,

21for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.

Saying 17 22Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.

23Buy the truth and do not sell it— wisdom, instruction and insight as well.

24The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.

25May your father and mother rejoice; may she who gave you birth be joyful!

Saying 18 26My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways,

27for an adulterous woman is a deep pit, and a wayward wife is a narrow well.

28Like a bandit she lies in wait and multiplies the unfaithful among men.