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Proverbs 20 (Holman Christian Standard)

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1 Wine is a mocker, beer is a brawler, and whoever staggers because of them is not wise. 2 A king's terrible wrath is like the roaring of a lion; anyone who provokes him endangers himself.a 3 It is honorable for a man to resolve a dispute, but any fool can get himself into a quarrel.b 4 The slacker does not plow during planting season;c at harvest time he looks,d and there is nothing.e 5 Counsel in a man's heart is deep water;f but a man of understanding draws it up. 6 Many a man proclaims his own loyalty, but who can find a trustworthy man?g 7 The one who lives with integrity is righteous;h his childreni who come after him will be happy. 8 A king sitting on a throne to judge sifts out all evil with his eyes.j 9 Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure; I am cleansed from my sin"?k 10 Differing weights and varying measuresl- both are detestable to the Lord.m 11 Even a young man is known by his actions- by whether his behavior is pure and upright.n 12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye- the Lord made them both.o 13 Don't love sleep, or you will become poor; open your eyes, and you'll have enough to eat.p 14 "It's worthless, it's worthless!" the buyer says, but after he is on his way, he gloats. 15 There is gold and a multitude of jewels, but knowledgeable lips are a rare treasure.q 16 Take his garment,r for he has put up security for a stranger; get collateral if it is for foreigners.s 17 Food gained by fraud is sweet to a man, but afterwards his mouth is full of gravel. 18 Finalize plans through counsel, and wage war with sound guidance.t 19 The one who reveals secrets is a constant gossip; avoid someone with a big mouth.u 20 Whoever curses his father or mother- his lamp will go out in deep darkness.v 21 An inheritance gained prematurely will not be blessed ultimately.w 22 Don't say, "I will avenge this evil!" Wait on the Lord, and He will rescue you.x 23 Differing weightsy are detestable to the Lord, and dishonest scales are unfair.z 24 A man's steps are determined by the Lord,aa so how can anyone understand his own way? 25 It is a trap for anyone to dedicate something rashly and later to reconsider his vows.bb 26 A wise king separates out the wicked and drives the threshing wheel over them. 27 A person's breath is the lamp of the Lord, searching the innermost parts.cc dd 28 Loyalty and faithfulness deliver a king; through loyalty he maintains his throne. 29 The glory of young men is their strength, and the splendor of old men is gray hair.ee 30 Lashes and wounds purge away evil, and beatings cleanse the innermost parts.ff
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