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17Let not thy heart envy sinners,
But be in the fear of the Lord all the day;
18For surely there is a future;
And thy hope shall not be cut off.
19Hear thou, my son, and be wise,
And guide thy heart in the way.
20Be not among winebibbers;
Among gluttonous eaters of flesh;
21For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty;
And drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.
22Hearken unto thy father that begot thee,
And despise not thy mother when she is old.
23Buy the truth, and sell it not;
Also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
24The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice;
And he that begetteth a wise child will have joy of him.
25Let thy father and thy mother be glad,
And let her that bore thee rejoice.
26My son, give me thy heart,
And let thine eyes observe my ways.
27For a harlot is a deep ditch;
And an alien woman is a narrow pit.
28She also lieth in wait as a robber,
And increaseth the faithless among men.
29Who crieth: 'Woe'? who: 'Alas'?
Who hath contentions? who hath raving?
Who hath wounds without cause?
Who hath redness of eyes?
30They that tarry long at the wine;
They that go to try mixed wine.
31Look not thou upon the wine when it is red,
When it giveth its colour in the cup,
When it glideth down smoothly;
32At the last it biteth like a serpent,
And stingeth like a basilisk.
33Thine eyes shall behold strange things,
And thy heart shall utter confused things.
34Yea, 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.
35'They have struck me, and I felt it not,
They have beaten me, and I knew it not;
When shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.'

24 Be not thou envious of evil men,
Neither desire to be with them.
2For their heart studieth destruction,
And their lips talk of mischief.
3Through wisdom is a house builded;
And by understanding it is established;
4And by knowledge are the chambers filled
With all precious and pleasant riches.
5A wise man is strong;
Yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
6For with wise advice thou shalt make thy war;
And in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
7Wisdom is as unattainable to a fool as corals;
He openeth not his mouth in the gate.