1 Wine [is] a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and any who go astray by it are not wise.
2 Roaring like the lion [is the] dreaded anger of a king; he who provokes him forfeits his life.

References for Proverbs 20:2

    • a 20:2 - Or "soul," or "inner self"
      3 [It is] honorable for the man to refrain from strife, but every fool will be quick to quarrel.
      4 The lazy person will not plow in season; he will expect at the harvest, but there [will be] nothing.
      5 Deep waters [are like] purpose in the heart of a man, and a man of understanding will draw it out.

      References for Proverbs 20:5

        • b 20:5 - Or "mind"
        • c 20:5 - Or "her"; referring to "purpose"
          6 Many a person will proclaim his loyalty [for] himself, but a man [who is] trustworthy, who can find?
          7 He who walks in his integrity [is] righteous; happy are his children who follow him.
          8 A king who sits on [the] throne of judgment winnows all evil with his eyes.
          9 Who will say "I have made my heart clean; I am pure from my sin"?

          References for Proverbs 20:9

            • d 20:9 - Or "mind"
              10 Stone and stone, measure and measure, {both of them} [are] an abomination of Yahweh.

              References for Proverbs 20:10

                • e 20:10 - Literally "also [the] two of them"
                  11 Even by his acts, a {young man} will make himself known, whether his acts are pure and upright.

                  References for Proverbs 20:11

                    • f 20:11 - Or "young boy," or "adolescent"
                      12 The ear that hears and the eye that sees, Yahweh has made {them both}.

                      References for Proverbs 20:12

                        • g 20:12 - Literally "also [the] two of them"
                          13 Do not love sleep, lest you become poor; open your eyes [and] have plenty bread.
                          14 "Bad, bad," the buyer will say, but [when] one goes to him, then he will boast.
                          15 There is gold and many costly stones, but precious jewels are lips of knowledge.
                          16 Take his garment, for he has given security [to] a stranger, and on behalf of a foreigner--take it as pledge.
                          17 Bread gained by deceit is sweet for the man, but afterward, his mouth will be filled [with] gravel.
                          18 A plan will be established by advice, and with guidance make war.

                          References for Proverbs 20:18

                            • h 20:18 - Hebrew "plans"
                              19 He reveals a secret, he who walks [about with] gossip, and do not associate with a babbler's lips.
                              20 He who curses his father and his mother, his lamp will be extinguished {in the midst of darkness}.

                              References for Proverbs 20:20

                                • i 20:20 - Literally "in a pupil of darkness"
                                  21 An inheritance acquired [hastily] {at the beginning} will not be blessed at its end.

                                  References for Proverbs 20:21

                                    • j 20:21 - Literally "at the first"
                                      22 Do not say "I will repay evil"; wait for Yahweh and he will deliver you.
                                      23 An abomination of Yahweh [is] {a stone and a weight}, and scales of falsehood are not good.

                                      References for Proverbs 20:23

                                        • k 20:23 - Literally "a stone and a stone"
                                          24 [Away] from Yahweh are the steps of a strong man, and how will humankind understand his ways?
                                          25 [It is] a snare to humankind to say rashly "[It is] holy," and after vows, to scrutinize.
                                          26 A wise king winnows the wicked, and he will drive a wheel over them.
                                          27 The lamp of Yahweh [is] the spirit of humankind, he who searches every {innermost part}.

                                          References for Proverbs 20:27

                                            • l 20:27 - Or "soul"
                                            • m 20:27 - Literally "parts of the inmost"
                                              28 Loyalty and faithfulness will preserve a king, and he is upheld with the righteousness of his throne.
                                              29 The glory of young men [is] their strength, but the beauty of the aged [is] gray hair.

                                              References for Proverbs 20:29

                                                • n 20:29 - Or "strengthens them"
                                                  30 The blows of a wound will cleanse evil, as will beatings of the {innermost part}.

                                                  References for Proverbs 20:30

                                                    • o 20:30 - Hebrew "and"
                                                    • p 20:30 - Literally "parts of the inmost"