Proverbs 23 :1

Proverbs 23 :1 Translations

American King James Version (AKJV)

When you sit to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before you:

King James Version (KJV)

When you sit to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before you:

American Standard Version (ASV)

When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, Consider diligently him that is before thee;

Basic English Translation (BBE)

When you take your seat at the feast with a ruler, give thought with care to what is before you;

Webster's Revision

When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee:

World English Bible

When you sit to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before you;

English Revised Version (ERV)

When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently him that is before thee;

Definitions for Proverbs 23 :1

Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 23 :1

When thou sittest to eat with a ruler - When invited to the table of thy betters, eat moderately. Do not appear as if half starved at home. Eat not of delicacies to which thou art not accustomed; they are deceitful meat; they please, but they do not profit. They are pleasant to the sight, the taste, and the smell; but they are injurious to health. These are prudential cautions; and should be carefully observed by all who would avoid the conduct of a clown, and desire to pass for a well-bred man.

Barnes' Commentary on Proverbs 23 :1

What is before thee - Beware lest dainties tempt thee to excess. Or, "consider diligently who is before thee," the character and temper of the ruler who invites thee.

Wesley's Commentary on Proverbs 23 :1

23:1 Ruler - With a great man.
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