On Life and Conduct

1 1Wine is a mocker, 2strong drink a brawler, And whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise.
2 The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion; He who provokes him to anger 3forfeits his own life.

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3 4Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, But any fool will quarrel.

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    • c 20:3 - Lit "Ceasing"
    • d 20:3 - Lit "burst out"
      4 The 5sluggard does not plow after the autumn, So he begs during the harvest and has nothing.

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      5 A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water, But a man of understanding draws it out.
      6 Many a man 6proclaims his own loyalty, But who can find a 7trustworthy man?

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      7 A righteous man who 8walks in his integrity - 9How blessed are his sons after him.

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      8 10A king who sits on the throne of justice Disperses all evil with his eyes.

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      9 11Who can say, "I have cleansed my heart, I am pure from my sin "?
      10 12Differing weights and differing measures, Both * of them are abominable to the LORD.

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        • g 20:10 - Lit "A stone and a stone, an ephah and an ephah"
          11 It is by his deeds that a lad 13distinguishes himself If his conduct is pure and right.

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            • h 20:11 - Or "makes himself known"
              12 The hearing 14ear and the seeing eye, The LORD has made both * of them.

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              13 15Do not love sleep, or you will become poor; Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with food.

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              14 "Bad, bad," says the buyer, But when he goes his way, then he boasts.
              15 There is gold, and an abundance of jewels; But the lips of knowledge are a more precious thing.

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                  16 Take his garment when he becomes surety for a stranger; And for foreigners, hold him in pledge.
                  17 16Bread obtained by falsehood is sweet to a man, But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.

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                  19 He who 19goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, Therefore do not associate with 20a gossip *.

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                    • k 20:19 - Lit "one who opens his lips"
                      20 He who 21curses his father or his mother, His 22lamp will go out in time of darkness.

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                      21 An inheritance gained hurriedly at the beginning Will not be blessed in the end.
                      22 23Do not say, "I will repay evil "; 24Wait for the LORD, and He will save you.
                      23 25Differing weights are an abomination to the LORD, And a 26false scale is not good.

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                        • m 20:23 - Lit "A stone and a stone"
                        • n 20:23 - Lit "balance of deceit"
                          24 27Man's steps are ordained by the LORD, How then can man understand his way?

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                          25 It is a trap for a man to say rashly, "It is holy!" And 28after the vows to make inquiry.

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                          26 A 29wise king winnows the wicked, And drives the 30threshing wheel over them.

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                          27 The 31spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD, Searching all the innermost parts of his being.

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                            • p 20:27 - Lit "breath"
                            • q 20:27 - Lit "chambers of the body"
                              28 Loyalty and 32truth preserve the king, And he upholds his throne by righteousness.

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                                • r 20:28 - Lit "Covenant loyalty"
                                • s 20:28 - Lit "Covenant loyalty"
                                  29 The glory of young men is their strength, And the 33honor of old men is their gray hair.

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                                  30 34Stripes that wound scour away evil, And strokes reach the innermost parts.

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