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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Chapter 32

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1 ARE you chosen to preside at a feast? Do not put on airs; mix with the others as one of them. Look after them and only then sit down yourself; discharge your duties before you take your place. 2Let the enjoyment of others be your pleasure, and you will win a garland for good manners. 3When you are old, you are entitled to speak, but come to the point and do not interrupt the music. 4Where entertainment is provided, do not keep up a stream of talk; it is the wrong moment to show off your wisdom. 5Like a garnet set in a gold ring is a concert of music at a banquet. 6Like an emerald in a setting of gold is tuneful music with good wine.

7When you are young, speak if the need arises, but twice at the most, and only when asked. 8Be brief, say much in few words, like someone who knows and can still hold his tongue. 9In the company of the great do not make yourself their equal or go on chattering when another is speaking. 10As lightning streaks ahead of thunder, so esteem goes before a modest person. 11Leave in good time and do not be the last to go; go straight off home without lingering. 12There you may amuse yourself to your heart's content without giving offence by arrogant talk. 13And one thing more: give praise to your Maker, who has filled your cup with his benefits.

14 WHOEVER fears the Lord will accept his discipline; those diligent in their search for him win his approval. 15Those who study the law will find satisfaction therein, but the law will prove a stumbling block to the insincere. 16Those who fear the Lord discover his will and make his decrees shine out like a beacon. 17A sinner does not accept criticism; he will find precedents to justify his choice.

18A thoughtful person can always take a hint, but an arrogant upstart lacks all diffidence. 19Never do anything without due thought, and once started do not change your mind. 20Do not travel by a road full of obstacles and stumble along among its boulders. 21Do not be careless on a clear road; 22watch where you go. 23Whatever you are doing, keep yourself safe, for this too is fulfilling the commandments. 24To rely on the law is to heed its commandments; trust the Lord and suffer no loss.

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