1 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, [a]consider diligently what is before thee,

2 [b]And put thy knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to the appetite.

3 Be not desirous of his dainty meats: [c]for it is a deceivable meat.

4 Travail not too much to be rich: but cease from thy [d]wisdom.

5 Wilt thou cast thine eyes upon it, which is nothing? for riches taketh her to her wings, as an Eagle, and flieth into the heaven.

6 Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an [e]evil eye, neither desire his dainty meats.

7 For as though he thought it in his heart: so will he say unto thee, Eat and drink: but his heart is not with thee.


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