Proverbs 20

20:1 Wine1 is a mocker2 and strong drink is a brawler;

whoever goes astray by them is not wise.3

20:2 The king’s terrifying anger4 is like the roar of a lion;

whoever provokes him5 sins against himself.6

20:3 It is an honor for a person7 to cease8 from strife,

but every fool quarrels.9

20:4 The sluggard will not plow10 during the planting season,11

so at harvest time he looks12 for the crop13 but has nothing.

20:5 Counsel14 in a person’s heart15 is like16 deep water,17

but an understanding person18 draws it out.

20:6 Many people profess their loyalty,19

but a faithful person20 – who can find?21

20:7 The righteous person22 behaves in integrity;23

blessed are his children after him.24

20:8 A king sitting on the throne to judge25

separates out26 all evil with his eyes.27

20:9 Who can say,28 “I have kept my heart clean;29

I am pure30 from my sin”?

20:10 Diverse weights and diverse measures31

the Lord abhors32 both of them.

20:11 Even a young man33 is known34 by his actions,

whether his activity is pure and whether it is right.35

20:12 The ear that hears and the eye that sees36

the Lord has made them both.37

20:13 Do not love sleep,38 lest you become impoverished;

open your eyes so that39 you might be satisfied with food.40

20:14 “It’s worthless! It’s worthless!”41 says the buyer,42

but when he goes on his way, he boasts.43

20:15 There is gold, and an abundance of rubies,

but44 words of knowledge45 are like46 a precious jewel.

20:16 Take a man’s47 garment48 when he has given security for a stranger,49

and when he gives surety for strangers,50 hold him51 in pledge.

20:17 Bread gained by deceit52 tastes sweet to a person,53

but afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.54

20:18 Plans55 are established by counsel,

so56 make war57 with guidance.

20:19 The one who goes about gossiping58 reveals secrets;

therefore do not associate59 with someone who is always opening his mouth.60

20:20 The one who curses61 his father and his mother,

his lamp62 will be extinguished in the blackest63 darkness.

20:21 An inheritance gained easily64 in the beginning

will not be blessed65 in the end.66

20:22 Do not say,67 “I will pay back68 evil!”

Wait69 for the Lord, so that he may vindicate you.70

20:23 The Lord abhors71 differing weights,

and dishonest scales are wicked.72

20:24 The steps of a person73 are ordained by74 the Lord –

so how can anyone75 understand his own76 way?

20:25 It is a snare77 for a person78 to rashly cry,79 “Holy!”

and only afterward to consider80 what he has vowed.81

20:26 A wise king separates out82 the wicked;

he turns the threshing wheel over them.83

20:27 The human spirit84 is like85 the lamp86 of the Lord,

searching all his innermost parts.87

20:28 Loyal love and truth88 preserve a king,

and his throne is upheld by loyal love.89

20:29 The glory90 of young men is their strength,

and the splendor91 of old men is gray hair.92

20:30 Beatings and wounds cleanse away93 evil,

and floggings cleanse94 the innermost being.95

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