19 My son, listen and be wise.
Set your heart on the right path.
20 Don’t join those who drink too much wine.
Don’t join those who stuff themselves with meat.
21 Those who drink or eat too much will become poor.
If they sleep too much, they’ll have to wear rags.
22 Listen to your father, who gave you life.
Don’t hate your mother when she is old.
23 Buy the truth and don’t sell it.
Get wisdom, instruction and understanding as well.
24 The father of a godly child is very happy.
A man who has a wise son is glad.
25 May your father and mother be glad.
May the woman who gave birth to you be joyful.
26 My son, give me your heart.
May you be happy living the way you see me live.
27 An unfaithful wife is like a deep pit.
A wife who commits adultery is like a narrow well.
28 She hides and waits like a thief.
She causes many men to sin.
29 Who has trouble? Who has sorrow?
Who argues? Who has problems?
Who has wounds for no reason? Who has red eyes?
30 Those who spend too much time with wine.
Or those who like to taste wine mixed with spices.
31 Don’t look at wine when it is red.
Don’t look at it when it bubbles in the cup.
And don’t look at it when it goes down smoothly.
32 In the end it bites like a snake.
It bites like a poisonous serpent.
33 Your eyes will see strange sights.
Your mind will imagine weird things.
34 You will feel like someone sleeping on the ocean.
You will think you are lying among the ropes in a boat.
35 “They hit me,” you will say. “But I’m not hurt!
They beat me. But I don’t feel it!
When will I wake up
so I can find another drink?”
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