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Proverbs 23:1

    Proverbs 23:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    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 him that 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;

    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' Notes 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 Notes on Proverbs 23:1

    23:1 Ruler - With a great man.