Proverbs 23:2
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New International Version
and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.

New Living Translation
If you are a big eater, put a knife to your throat;

English Standard Version
and put a knife to your throat if you are given to appetite.

New American Standard Bible
And put a knife to your throat If you are a man of great appetite.

King James Bible
And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and put a knife to your throat if you have a big appetite;

International Standard Version
Put a knife to your own throat, if you have a big appetite.

NET Bible
and put a knife to your throat if you possess a large appetite.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lest you put a dagger to your mouth, if you are a man that breathes.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
and put a knife to your throat if you have a big appetite.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and put a knife to thy throat if thou art a man given to appetite.

King James 2000 Bible
And put a knife to your throat, if you are a man given to appetite.

American King James Version
And put a knife to your throat, if you be a man given to appetite.

American Standard Version
And put a knife to thy throat, If thou be a man given to appetite.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And put a knife to thy throat, if it be so that thou have thy soul in thy own power.

Darby Bible Translation
and put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.

English Revised Version
And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.

Webster's Bible Translation
And put a knife to thy throat, if thou art a man given to appetite.

World English Bible
put a knife to your throat, if you are a man given to appetite.

Young's Literal Translation
And thou hast put a knife to thy throat, If thou art a man of appetite.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

23:1-3 God's restraints of the appetite only say, Do thyself no harm. 4,5. Be not of those that will be rich. The things of this world are not happiness and a portion for a soul; those that hold them ever so fast, cannot hold them always, cannot hold them long. 6-8. Do not make thyself burdensome to any, especially those not sincere. When we are called by God to his feast, and to let our souls delight themselves, Isa 25:6; 55:2, we may safely partake of the Bread of life. 9. It is our duty to take all fit occasions to speak of Divine things; but if what a wise man says will not be heard, let him hold his peace. 10,11. The fatherless are taken under God's special protection. He is their Redeemer, who will take their part; and he is mighty, almighty.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. "Stab thy gluttony," Wordsworth. Restrain thyself by the strongest measures, convince thyself that thou art in the utmost peril, if thou art a glutton or wine bibber (Ecclus. 34 [31]:12). The LXX. gives a different turn to the injunction, "And apply (ἐπίβαλλε) thy hand, knowing that it behoves thee to prepare such things." This is like the warning of Siracides, in the chapter quoted above, where the disciple is admonished not to attend the banquets of rich men, lest he should be tempted to vie with them, and thus ruin himself by attempting to return their civilities in the same lavish manner. The earlier commentators have used the above verses as a lesson concerning the due and reverent partaking of the Holy Communion, thus: "When you approach the table of Christ, consider diligently what is represented by the elements before you, and have discernment and faith, lest you eat and drink unworthily; and after communicating walk warily, mortify all evil desires, live as in the presence of the Lord Jesus, the Giver of the feast."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And put a knife to thy throat,.... Refrain from too much talk at the table; give not too loose to thy tongue, but bridle it, considering in whose presence thou art; do not use too much freedom, either with the ruler or fellow guests; which, when persons have ate and drank well, they are too apt to do, and sometimes say things offensive to one or the other; it is good for a man to be upon his guard; see Ecclesiastes 5:2. Or restrain thine appetite; deny thyself of some things agreeable, that would lead thee to what might be hurtful, at least if indulged to excess: put as it were a knife unto thine appetite, and mortify it; which is the same as cutting off a right hand, or plucking out a right eye Matthew 5:29. Or while thou art at such a table, at such a sumptuous entertainment, consider thyself as in danger, as if thou hadst a knife at thy throat; and shouldest thou be too free with the food or liquor, it would be as it were cutting thine own throat;

if thou be a man given to appetite; there is then the more danger; and therefore such a person should be doubly on his guard, since he is in the way of temptation to that he is naturally inclined to. Or, "if thou art master of appetite" (r): so the Targum,

"if thou art master of thy soul;''

if thou hast power over it, and the command of it, and canst restrain it with ease; to which agrees the Vulgate Latin version: but the former sense is more agreeable to the Hebrew idiom.

(r) "dominus animae", Vatablus, Mercerus, Michaelis.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. put a knife—an Eastern figure for putting restraint on the appetite.

Proverbs 23:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Consider Diligently what is Before You
1When you sit down to dine with a ruler, Consider carefully what is before you, 2And put a knife to your throat If you are a man of great appetite. 3Do not desire his delicacies, For it is deceptive food.…
Cross References
Proverbs 23:1
When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you,

Proverbs 23:20
Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat,
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