Proverbs 20 ESV

1 1Wine is a mocker, 2strong drink a brawler, and whoever 3is led astray by it is not wise.a

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    • « 20:1 - Or will not become wise
      2 The terror of a king is like 4the growling of a lion; whoever provokes him to anger 5forfeits his life.

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      3 It is an honor for a man to 6keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling.

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      4 7The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; 8he will seek at harvest and have nothing.

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      5 The purpose in a man's heart is like 9deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.

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      6 Many a man 10proclaims his own steadfast love, but 11a faithful man who can find?

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      7 The righteous who 12walks in his integrity-- 13blessed are his children after him!

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      8 14A king who sits on the throne of judgment 15winnows all evil with his eyes.

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          9 16Who can say, "I have made my heart pure; I am clean from my sin"?

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          10 17Unequalb weights and unequal measures are both alike an abomination to the LORD.

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            • ¬ 20:10 - Or Two kinds of; also verse 23
              11 Even a child 18makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright.c

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                • ­ 20:11 - Or Even a child can dissemble in his actions, though his conduct seems pure and upright
                  12 19The hearing ear and the seeing eye, 20the LORD has made them both.

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                  13 21Love not sleep, lest you 22come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have 23plenty of bread.

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                      14 "Bad, bad," says the buyer, but when he goes away, then he boasts.
                      15 There is gold and abundance of 24costly stones, 25but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

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                      16 26Take a man's garment when he has put up security for a stranger, and 27hold it in pledge when he puts up security for foreigners.d

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                        • ® 20:16 - Or for an adulteress (compare 27:13)
                          17 28Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth will be full of 29gravel.

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                          18 30Plans are established by counsel; by 31wise guidance 32wage war.

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                          19 Whoever 33goes about slandering reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with 34a simple babbler.e

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                            • ¯ 20:19 - Hebrew with one who is simple in his lips
                              20 35If one curses his father or his mother, 36his lamp will be put out in utter darkness.

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                              21 37An inheritance gained hastily in the beginning will not be blessed in the end.

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                              22 Do not say, 38"I will repay evil"; 39wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.

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                              23 40Unequal weights are an abomination to the LORD, and 41false scales are not good.

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                                  24 A man's 42steps are from the LORD; how then can man understand his way?

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                                  25 It is a snare to say rashly, "It is holy," and to reflect only 43after making vows.

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                                  26 A wise king 44winnows the wicked and drives 45the wheel over them.

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                                  27 46The spiritf of man is the lamp of the LORD, 47searching all 48his innermost parts.

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                                    • ° 20:27 - Hebrew breath
                                      28 49Steadfast love and faithfulness preserve the king, and by steadfast love his 50throne is upheld.

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                                      29 The glory of young men is their strength, but 51the splendor of old men is their gray hair.

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                                      30 52Blows that wound cleanse away evil; strokes make clean 53the innermost parts.

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