Proverbs 23:1–10 (NKJV)
23 When you sit down to eat with a ruler,
Consider carefully what is before you;
2 And put a knife to your throat
If you are a man given to appetite.
3 Do not desire his delicacies,
For they are deceptive food.
4 Do not overwork to be rich;
Because of your own understanding, cease!
5 Will you set your eyes on that which is not?
For riches certainly make themselves wings;
They fly away like an eagle toward heaven.
6 Do not eat the bread of a miser,
Nor desire his delicacies;
7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
“Eat and drink!” he says to you,
But his heart is not with you.
8 The morsel you have eaten, you will vomit up,
And waste your pleasant words.
9 Do not speak in the hearing of a fool,
For he will despise the wisdom of your words.
10 Do not remove the ancient landmark,
Nor enter the fields of the fatherless;
Know how to act when in the presence of nobility. Don’t chase wealth through overworking. Don’t ask for help or food from a stingy individual. Don’t try to reason with a fool: he will not appreciate it. Don’t take advantage of the weak. These wise sayings cover respect, balance, honor, discretion, and honesty. Be sure that you live your life in a way that honors God, leaders, and others. When you do, you also honor yourself!