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Proverbs 20 (Complete Jewish Bible)

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1 Wine is a mocker, strong liquor a rowdy; anyone led astray by it is unwise. 2 The dread of a king is like when a lion roars; he who makes him angry commits a life-threatening sin. 3 Avoiding quarrels brings a person honor; for any fool can explode in anger. 4 A lazy person won't plow in winter; so at harvest-time, when he looks, there is nothing. 5 The heart's real intentions are like deep water; but a person with discernment draws them out. 6 Most people announce that they show kindness, but who can find someone faithful [enough to do it]? 7 The righteous live a life of integrity; happy are their children after them. 8 The king seated on his judgment throne can winnow out all evil with his glance. 9 Who can say, "I have made my heart clean, I am cleansed from my sin"? 10 False weights and false measures -ADONAI detests them both. 11 The character of even a child is known by how he acts, by whether his deeds are pure and right. 12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye -ADONAI made them both. 13 If you love sleep, you will become poor; keep your eyes open, and you'll have plenty of food. 14 "Really bad stuff!" says the buyer [to the seller]; then he goes off and brags [about his bargain]. 15 A person may have gold and a wealth of pearls, but lips informed by knowledge are a precious jewel. 16 Seize his clothes, because he guaranteed a stranger's loan; take them as security for that unknown woman. 17 Food obtained by fraud may taste good, but later the mouth is full of gravel. 18 After consultation, plans succeed; so take wise advice when waging war. 19 A gossip goes around revealing secrets, so don't get involved with a talkative person. 20 Whoever curses his father or mother -his lamp will go out in total darkness. 21 Possessions acquired quickly at first will not be blessed in the end. 22 Don't say, "I'll pay back evil for evil"; wait for ADONAI to save you. 23 ADONAI detests a double standard in weights, and false scales are not good. 24 A man's steps are ordered by ADONAI, so how can a person understand his own ways? 25 It is a snare to dedicate a gift to God rashly and reflect on the vows only afterwards. 26 A wise king winnows the wicked [from the righteous] and threshes them under the cartwheel. 27 The human spirit is a lamp of ADONAI; it searches one's inmost being. 28 Grace and truth preserve a king; with grace he upholds his throne. 29 The pride of the young is their strength; the dignity of the old is gray hair. 30 Blows that wound purge away evil, yes, beatings [cleanse] one's inmost being.
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