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Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If you sit to dine with a Ruler, perceive what is set before you
2Lest you put a dagger to your mouth, if you are a man that breathes.
3And do not lust for his food because his bread is the bread of lies.
4Do not come near a rich man, but in wisdom, separate from him;
5For if you fix your eye on him, he disappears before you, because he makes wings for himself like an eagle and flies into the sky.
6Do not dine with a gluttonous man and do not lust for his food.
7For just as a man swallows a bristle hair, so you eat and drink with him and his mind is not with you.
8And the bread that you eat, you vomit, and you spoil your sweet words.
9Do not speak in front of a fool because he despises your words.
10Do not remove the boundary which is of old, and do not enter into the field of orphans
11Because their Savior is strong and he shall judge their case with you.
12Bring your heart to instruction and your ear to the speech of knowledge.
13Do not withhold discipline from a boy, because if you strike him, he does not die.
14For you strike him with a rod and you deliver his soul from Sheol.
15My son, if your heart is wise, my heart will also rejoice.
16And my kidneys will be glad whenever your lips speak uprightness.
17Let not your heart envy sinners but be zealous for the awe of Lord Jehovah all day long.
18For there will be a posterity for you, and your hope will not end.
19Hear, my son, and be wise, and set up my doctrine in your heart.
20Do not be drunk with wine and do not be a glutton of meat.
21Because he that is drunk with wine and a glutton of meat will be destroyed, and he that sleeps will wear horse cloth.
22Hear your father who begot you and do not despise the old age of your mother.
23Buy truth and do not sell wisdom, instruction or understanding.
24The father of the righteous will exult and leap for joy, and he that begets a wise son, and his father will rejoice in him.
25And your father and your mother will rejoice in you and she that bore you will rejoice.
26Give me your heart my son, and your eyes will keep my ways.
27For a whore is a deep ditch and an estranged woman is a disturbed well.
28She destroys suddenly and many evil men multiply.
29Who has woe? Who has trouble? Who has judgment and who has afflictions? Who has wounds without cause and who has red eyes?
30Is it not those that linger at the wine and track down where there is a tavern? You shall not be drunk with wine, but speak with righteous men and walk and talk with them.
31Do not fix your eyes on the cup, with the wine seller, whose eye is red, but meditate on righteousness.
32Because the end of the wine is like a wound from a serpent and like a flying cockatrice.
33When your eyes gaze at an estranged woman, then your heart speaks perverse things.
34And you yourself are like he that lies down in the heart of the sea, and like a sailor in a great storm.
35And you will say, “They hit me and I did not suffer; they were abusive to me and I did not know it. When I wake up and I go out, I will seek it.”