Proverbs 20:1-11 (New Revised Standard)

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1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise. 2 The dread anger of a king is like the growling of a lion; anyone who provokes him to anger forfeits life itself. 3 It is honorable to refrain from strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel. 4 The lazy person does not plow in season; harvest comes, and there is nothing to be found. 5 The purposes in the human mind are like deep water, but the intelligent will draw them out. 6 Many proclaim themselves loyal, but who can find one worthy of trust? 7 The righteous walk in integrity— happy are the children who follow them! 8 A king who sits on the throne of judgment winnows all evil with his eyes. 9 Who can say, "I have made my heart clean; I am pure from my sin"? 10 Diverse weights and diverse measures are both alike an abomination to the Lord. 11 Even children make themselves known by their acts, by whether what they do is pure and right.
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