Proverbs Chapter 23



When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you, and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony. Proverbs 23:1

The Bible is full of bad advice too. Like anything in life, we must choose what works for us. That’s why I choose practical, logical scriptures to live by. Can you imagine what would happen if someone was invited to a White House dinner with Obama, then they put a knife to their throat because they ate more than they should have?

Or perhaps this scripture isn’t to be taken literally, and is figuratively speaking to illustrate a point.


Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge. Proverbs 23:12

Now that’s what I’m talking about! These are the type of verses I love to understand. These are the type of scriptures I choose to focus on and apply to my daily living.


Steven Jennings


Author: Steven & Suzie Jennings

She was raised as a Mormon, and he is a convict serving 43 years in prison. This blog offers a glimpse into two vastly different worlds that somehow came crashing together. Join them on their journey through prison life & married life.

4 thoughts

  1. Where does it say in Scripture Let my people go? and If you are in an Institution ( The men that Judged you ” without sin” should cast the first Stone and If in OUR JUDICIAL SYSTEM if one person just one has been falsely imprisoned, or executed( they wouldn’t review those cases then we are all guilty) Especially the Judge and Jury. Then our judicial system has failed and effective immediately should be examined. A multi-billion dollar industry where is the rehabilitation teaching inmates skills? Those institutions get paid federally and by the state for your head count.
    We should teach our Society to Fear “God” and when they perpetrate some infraction they would leave civilization (on their own accord) and try to go BURY THEIR HEAD UNDER A ROCK. Fearing “GOD” the creator and HIS JUDGEMENT


  2. Replace the word gluttony with addiction. And then re-read the verse, and ask yourself if you would rather have a knife to your throat than have to suffer through addiction. Does that give you a little more light on the verse? Does that help? I hope so. I know it helped me.


  3. I hope this helps to explain the text a little better 🙂

    Proverbs 23:1-3 “When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what [is] before thee:” “And put a knife to thy throat, if thou [be] a man given to appetite.” “Be not desirous of his dainties: for they [are] deceitful meat.

    Here is one of many cases where everything seems to be right, innocent, morally neutral and without serious consequence. What wrong could there be in eating a meal with a powerful man? You have to eat? The issue Solomon wants us to consider is the motive and character of the host, the “feeder.” Apparently the “ruler” in this context has evil designs so it would be better to “put a knife to your throat” than to let him satisfy your appetite.

    Here is a warning to exercise restraint when confronted with the luxuries of a wealthy ruler who seeks to lure you into his schemes and intrigues. Take heed lest the unusual dainties on the table tempt thee to excess, which may lead not only to unseemly behavior, but also to unruly speech, revealing of secrets, etc. The guest is enjoined to fix his attention, not on the delicate food, but on the host, who is his superior, and able to exalt and to destroy him

    Daniel is the classic illustration of one who lived by this proverb, refusing the allurements of the pagan monarch, which he knew could corrupt him.


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