The Fear of Yahweh
When you sit down to dine with a ruler,
Understand well what is before you, 2
So you should put a knife to your throat
If you are a man of appetite. 3
Do not desire his delicacies,
For it is bread of falsehood.
Do not weary yourself to gain wealth,
Because of your understanding, cease! 5
Do you make your eyes fly up to see it? But it is not there!
Because it certainly makes itself wings
Like an eagle that flies toward the heavens.
Do not eat the bread of a selfish man,
And do not desire his delicacies; 7
For as he calculates in his soul, so he is.
“Eat and drink!” he says to you,
But his heart is not with you. 8
You will vomit up the morsel you have eaten,
And you will corrupt your pleasant words.
Do not speak in the hearing of a fool,
For he will despise the insight of your speech.
Do not move the ancient boundary
And do not come into the fields of the orphans, 11
For their Redeemer is strong;
He will plead their case against you. 12
Bring your heart to discipline
And your ears to words of knowledge.
Do not withhold discipline from the child,
Although you strike him with the rod, he will not die. 14
You shall strike him with the rod
And deliver his soul from Sheol.
My son, if your heart is wise,
My own heart also will be glad; 16
And my inmost being will exult
When your lips speak upright things.
Do not let your heart be jealous of sinners,
But be zealous in the fear of Yahweh always. 18
Surely there is a future,
And your hope will not be cut off. 19
You, my son, listen and be wise,
And direct your heart in the way. 20
Do not be with heavy drinkers of wine,
Or with gluttonous eaters of meat; 21
For the heavy drinker and the glutton will come to poverty,
And drowsiness will clothe them with rags.
Listen to your father who begot you,
And do not despise your mother when she is old. 23
Buy truth, and do not sell it,
Get wisdom and discipline and understanding.
The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice,
And he who begets a wise son will be glad in him. 25
Let your father and your mother be glad,
And let her rejoice who gave birth to you.
Give your heart to me, my son,
And let your eyes delight in my ways. 27
For a harlot is a deep pit
And a foreign woman is a narrow well. 28
Surely she lies in wait as a robber,
And adds to the treacherous among men.
Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
Who has contentions? Who has complaining?
Who has wounds without cause?
Who has redness of eyes? 30
Those who linger long over wine,
Those who go to search out mixed wine. 31
Do not look on the wine when it glistens red,
When it sparkles in the cup,
When it goes down smoothly; 32
At the end—like a serpent it bites,
And like a viper it stings. 33
Your eyes will see strange things
And your heart will speak perverse things. 34
And you will be like one who lies down in the heart of the sea,
Or like one who lies down on the top of a mast. 35
“They struck me, but I did not become ill;
They beat me, but I did not know it.
When shall I awake?
I will seek yet another.”