Proverbs 23:2
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.

Berean Study Bible
and put a knife to your throat if you possess a great 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.

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

Contemporary English Version
Don't go and stuff yourself! That would be just the same as cutting your throat.

Good News Translation
If you have a big appetite, restrain yourself.

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.

New Heart English Bible
put a knife to your throat, if you are a man given to 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.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And put a knife to thy throat, If thou be a man given to appetite.

New American Standard 1977
And put a knife to your throat, If you are a man of great 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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
and apply thine hand, knowing that it behoves thee to prepare such meats: but if thou art very insatiable,

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.
Study Bible
True Riches
1When you sit down to dine with a ruler, consider carefully what is set before you, 2and put a knife to your throat if you possess a great appetite. 3Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive.…
Cross References
Proverbs 23:1
When you sit down to dine with a ruler, consider carefully what is set before you,

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

Treasury of Scripture

And put a knife to your throat, if you be a man given to appetite.

Proverbs 18:8,9
The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly…

1 Corinthians 9:27
But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

Philippians 3:19
Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)







Lexicon
and put
וְשַׂמְתָּ֣ (wə·śam·tā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7760: Put -- to put, place, set

a knife
שַׂכִּ֣ין (śak·kîn)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7915: A knife

to your throat
בְּלֹעֶ֑ךָ (bə·lō·‘e·ḵā)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3930: Probably throat

if
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

you
אָֽתָּה׃ (’āt·tāh)
Pronoun - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

possess
בַּ֖עַל (ba·‘al)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1167: A master, a husband, owner

a [great] appetite.
נֶ֣פֶשׁ (ne·p̄eš)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion
(2) And put a knife to thy throat.--Use the strongest methods to keep thine appetite in check, if thou art likely to give way to it, and then, overcome by meat and drink, to say or do anything to offend thy host.

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." 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.
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