Deceptive Food

“When you sit to eat with a ruler, observe carefully what is before you; and put a knife to your throat if you are given to appetite; do not desire his delicacies, for they are deceptive food” (Proverbs 23:1-3 ESV).
How can food be “deceptive”? Is it a case of carrots masquerading as casserole, or those lying limas? Or is the wise man referring to the host’s attempt to deceive his guests in some way, pretending perhaps to be their friend while in reality plotting their downfall?
The answer probably comes from the instructions Solomon gives. “Put a knife to your throat,” he urges, “do not crave his delicacies.”
Perhaps the problem is (as it is so often) a case of self-deception. The food is “deceptive” not because the king intends to deceive, but because the guest is overcome by the grandeur of his surroundings, and the honor of being invited to a royal banquet.
Long before he is swollen by the fine cuisine, he has become swollen with pride, and his behavior is loud and out of control.
As a healthy diet, it’s better to eat in humility than to eat humble pie!

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