Proverbs 201Wine is a mocker, and strong drink full of violence; but every fool is entangled with them. 2The threat of a king differs not from the rage of a lion; and he that provokes him sins against his own soul. 3It is a glory to a man to turn aside from railing, but every fool is entangled with such matters. 4A sluggard when reproached is not ashamed; so also he who borrows grain in harvest. 5Counsel in a man's heart is deep water, but a prudent man will draw it out. 6A man is valuable and a merciful man precious, but it is hard to find a faithful man. 7He that walks blameless in justice shall leave his children blessed. 8Whenever a righteous king sits on the throne, no evil thing can stand before his presence. 9Who will boast that he has a pure heart? Or who will boldly say that he is pure from sins? 10Diverse weights and diverse measures, both of them are an abomination before the Lord, and so is he that makes them. 11A youth when in company with a godly man, will be restrained in his devices, and then his way will be straight. 12The ear hears, and the eye sees; even both of them are the Lord's work. 13Love not to speak ill, lest you be cut off: open your eyes, and be filled with bread. 20The lamp of him that reviles father or mother shall be put out, and his eyes shall see darkness. 21A portion hastily gotten at first shall not be blessed in the end. 22Say not, I will avenge myself on my enemy, but wait on the Lord, that He may help you. 23A double weight is an abomination to the Lord, and a deceitful balance is not good in His sight. 24A man's steps are directed by the Lord: how then can a mortal understand His ways? 25It is a snare to a man hastily to consecrate some of his own property: for in that case repentance comes after vowing. 26A wise king utterly crushes the ungodly, and will bring a wheel upon them. 27The spirit of man is a light of the Lord, who searches the inmost parts of the belly. 28Mercy and truth are a guard to a king, and will surround his throne with righteousness. 29Wisdom is an ornament to young men, and gray hairs are the glory of old men. 30Bruises and contusions befall bad men, and plagues shall come in the inward parts of their belly.
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