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Proverbs Chapter 23 (24 of 32)
Series: The Book of Proverbs
1 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee:
2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.
3 Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.
6 Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats:
7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
8 The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words.
Here is the picture of two different rulers or kings who attempt to deceive the undiscerning guest. In verses 1-3 we see the generous ruler while in verses 6-8 we see the ruler with the evil eye or evil actions. They are different men, but the end result of what they are attempting to do is the same. The end result is to deceive you. In verses 1-3, a person is cautioned to give careful attention as to the motive of why he was invited in the first place and not to allow indulgences to be a weakness that will be used against him. In verses 6-8, the ruler feigns friendship, only to reveal that his heart was not with his guest at all, and all of the compliments that you gave to your host will be destroyed.
4 Labor not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.
5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
Stop making yourself weary in the pursuit of money. Don't even consider it. Stop leaning to your own understanding about the issue. To do so is human wisdom. Learn this simple fact. Riches are temporal and unstable. Also when you set your eyes on money, money creates wings and flies away from you like an eagle soaring towards the heavens. The higher he flies, the smaller he gets. Money flies away, out of our reach, as it gets smaller and smaller until it's gone.
9 Speak not in ...
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