Proverbs 20

1 1Wine is a mocker, 2strong drink a brawler, and whoever 3is led astray by it is not wise.a
2 The terror of a king is like 4the growling of a lion; whoever provokes him to anger 5forfeits his life.
3 It is an honor for a man to 6keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling.
4 7The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; 8he will seek at harvest and have nothing.
5 The purpose in a man's heart is like 9deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.
6 Many a man 10proclaims his own steadfast love, but 11a faithful man who can find?
7 The righteous who 12walks in his integrity-- 13blessed are his children after him!
8 14A king who sits on the throne of judgment 15winnows all evil with his eyes.
9 16Who can say, "I have made my heart pure; I am clean from my sin"?
10 17Unequalb weights and unequal measures are both alike an abomination to the LORD.
11 Even a child 18makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright.c
12 19The hearing ear and the seeing eye, 20the LORD has made them both.
13 21Love not sleep, lest you 22come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have 23plenty of bread.
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.
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
17 28Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth will be full of 29gravel.
18 30Plans are established by counsel; by 31wise guidance 32wage war.
19 Whoever 33goes about slandering reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with 34a simple babbler.e
20 35If one curses his father or his mother, 36his lamp will be put out in utter darkness.
21 37An inheritance gained hastily in the beginning will not be blessed in the end.
22 Do not say, 38"I will repay evil"; 39wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.
23 40Unequal weights are an abomination to the LORD, and 41false scales are not good.
24 A man's 42steps are from the LORD; how then can man understand his way?
25 It is a snare to say rashly, "It is holy," and to reflect only 43after making vows.
26 A wise king 44winnows the wicked and drives 45the wheel over them.
27 46The spiritf of man is the lamp of the LORD, 47searching all 48his innermost parts.
28 49Steadfast love and faithfulness preserve the king, and by steadfast love his 50throne is upheld.
29 The glory of young men is their strength, but 51the splendor of old men is their gray hair.
30 52Blows that wound cleanse away evil; strokes make clean 53the innermost parts.
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