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Proverbs 23:3

Context
NET ©

Do not crave that ruler’s 1  delicacies, for 2  that food is deceptive. 3 

NIV ©

Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive.

NASB ©

Do not desire his delicacies, For it is deceptive food.

NLT ©

and don’t desire all the delicacies––deception may be involved.

MSG ©

And don't stuff yourself; bridle your appetite.

BBE ©

Have no desire for his delicate food, for it is the bread of deceit.

NRSV ©

Do not desire the ruler’s delicacies, for they are deceptive food.

NKJV ©

Do not desire his delicacies, For they are deceptive food.


KJV
Be not desirous
<0183> (8691)
of his dainties
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for they [are] deceitful
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meat
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NASB ©
Do not desire
<0183>
his delicacies
<04303>
, For it is deceptive
<03577>
food
<03899>
.
HEBREW
Mybzk
<03577>
Mxl
<03899>
awhw
<01931>
wytwmejml
<04303>
*watt
<0183>
la (23:3)
<0408>
LXXM
ei
<1487
CONJ
de
<1161
PRT
aplhstoterov {A-NSMC} ei
<1510
V-PAI-2S
mh
<3165
ADV
epiyumei
<1937
V-PAD-2S
twn
<3588
T-GPN
edesmatwn {N-GPN} autou
<846
D-GSM
tauta
<3778
D-NPN
gar
<1063
PRT
ecetai
<2192
V-PMI-3S
zwhv
<2222
N-GSF
qeudouv
<5571
A-GSF
NET © [draft] ITL
Do not
<0408>
crave
<0183>
that ruler’s delicacies
<04303>
, for that
<01931>
food
<03899>
is deceptive
<03577>
.
NET ©

Do not crave that ruler’s 1  delicacies, for 2  that food is deceptive. 3 

NET © Notes

tn Heb “his”; the referent (the ruler mentioned in v. 1) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

sn The final line gives the causal clause: The impressive feast is not what it appears to be; the king is not doing you a favor, but rather wants something from you or is observing you (K&D 17:104); cf. TEV “he may be trying to trick you.”

sn Verses 1-3 form the sixth saying about being cautious before rulers (cf. Instruction of Amememope, chap. 23, 23:13-18). One should not get too familiar with rulers, for they always have ulterior motives. The Mishnah cites Gamaliel as warning that a ruler only draws someone into his court for his purpose, but in their day of trouble he will not be there to help them (m. Abot 2:3).



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