Proverbs 23:1-4

When you sit down to dine with a ruler, Consider carefully what is before you, And put a knife to your throat If you are a man of great appetite. Do not desire his delicacies For it is deceptive food. Do not weary yourself to gain wealth, Cease from your consideration of it. NASB

The young man for whom this book was written has reached the age where he needs to take action and make judgments according to the wisdom he has gained.

The word “Consider” in verse 1 indicates that this young man will find himself at a crossroads where he must make a decision. He must know, not only, wisdom but he must also know areas in his life where he is weak and vulnerable. He must also be aware of any “triggers,” (verse 2), in his life that will cause him to act in a way that will harm him.

A good example of this is found in verse 4. The word consideration can be translated as “understanding.” "Common" wisdom can be a trap as well.

It’s time for him to use the tools of wisdom. He has received.