Proverbs 23-King James Version (KJV)
" 1When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee:
2And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.
3Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat."
Verse 2 is telling us to restrain ourselves if we love to eat, and if we can't then we're in danger because the meat is "deceitful" and check out verse 4 below!
"4Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.
5Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
6Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats:
7For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
8The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words."
We've all grown up in this world with insatiable appetites for more! As we get bigger and better we sell the old stuff at garage sales for 50 cents to a quarter, and there goes all our hard earned time and money that we spent acquiring that stuff that we really didn't need, just wanted?
"9Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.
10Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless:
11For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead their cause with thee.
12Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge."
The only true word of knowledge is God's Word, and if you refer to other books written by other authors for your words of knowledge, you are being misled.
Parents, a rod in the Amplified Bible is called "reedlike". A reed bends and sways in the wind, and is flexible so it does not leave scars, but stings a bit.
"13Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.
14Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.
15My son, if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine.
16Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things."
I spoke to a friend who asked about sinners who are living luxuriously while other Christians are living poor. According to the next two verses, we will receive our just reward in the end! Our hopes will pay off!
"17Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long.
18For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off."
And now the next verses tell us not to be drunk.
"19Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.
20Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh:
21For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.
22Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.
23Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.
24The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him.
25Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.
26My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.
27For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit.
28She also lieth in wait as for a prey, and increaseth the transgressors among men.
29Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?
30They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.
31Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.
32At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
33Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.
34Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.
35They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.
Why can't we restrain ourselves? Because in our own strength, we can't! But ladies and gentlemen, I know the Son of man, who is also the Son of God, who can do all things because He is God, and He can help us restrain ourselves! In fact, the first hint of restraint is in verse 12 above, read it again. Read it all again, especially 20!
We must practice self discipline and pray to God through the Our Father Prayer (see Matthew 6:9-13), which says "lead us not into temptation." Jesus knew we needed God's help, so He taught us to ask for it in this mighty prayer.