Proverbs 20

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.
3 4Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, But any fool will quarrel.
4 The 5sluggard does not plow after the autumn, So he begs during the harvest and has nothing.
5 A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water, But a man of understanding draws it out.
7 A righteous man who 8walks in his integrity - 9How blessed are his sons after him.
8 10A king who sits on the throne of justice Disperses all evil with his eyes.
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.
11 It is by his deeds that a lad 13distinguishes himself If his conduct is pure and right.
12 The hearing 14ear and the seeing eye, The LORD has made both * of them.
13 15Do not love sleep, or you will become poor; Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with food.
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.
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.
19 He who 19goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, Therefore do not associate with 20a gossip *.
20 He who 21curses his father or his mother, His 22lamp will go out in time of darkness.
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.
24 27Man's steps are ordained by the LORD, How then can man understand his way?
25 It is a trap for a man to say rashly, "It is holy!" And 28after the vows to make inquiry.
26 A 29wise king winnows the wicked, And drives the 30threshing wheel over them.
27 The 31spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD, Searching all the innermost parts of his being.
28 Loyalty and 32truth preserve the king, And he upholds his throne by righteousness.
29 The glory of young men is their strength, And the 33honor of old men is their gray hair.
30 34Stripes that wound scour away evil, And strokes reach the innermost parts.
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