Proverbs 20


The Trustworthiness of the Righteous

Unrestrained wine and outrageous intoxication, and all being laid waste shall not be wise. [3differs not 1The intimidation 2of a king] from the rage of a lion; and the one provoking him even is intermixing sins against his own soul. It is glory for man to turn from reviling; but every fool [2in such matters 1is closely joined]. Berating a lazy one does not shame him, likewise also the one borrowing grain in harvest. [3water 2is deep 1Counsel] for the heart of a man; [3man 1and 2an intelligent] shall draw it out. A great man, and [3is precious 2man 1a merciful]; [5man 1but 4a trustworthy 2it is work 3to find]. The one who behaves unblemished in righteousness, [3blessed 2his children 1shall leave]. Whenever [2king 1a just] shall sit upon a throne, not [3withstands 4before 5his eyes 1any 2evil]. Who shall boast [2a pure 1to have] heart? or who shall speak openly to be clean from sins? 10 An untrue weight, great and small, and [2measures 1untrue double] are unclean before the  lord -- even both; even the one making them. 11 [5in 6his practices 4will be bound hand and foot 1The young man 2with 3a sacred man], and [2will be straight 1his way]. 12 The ear hears, and the eye sees; [4of the  lord 3are the works 1and 2both]. 13 Do not love to speak ill! that you should not be lifted away; but open wide your eyes, and be filled up with bread loaves! 14 Bad, bad says the one buying, but when he should depart then he shall boast. 15 There is gold and multitude [2stones 1of very costly], and [2vessel 1the valued] -- lips of understanding. 16 Remove the garment of the one guaranteeing a loan for a stranger, and [5for 6a strange woman 1take 2security 3from 4him]! 17 [3agreeable 4to man 1Bread 2of falsehood], and thereupon [2shall be filled up 1his mouth] of gravel. 18 A device with counsel solidifies, and [4with guidance 1let 3be 2war]! 19 The one uncovering counsel in a sanhedrin goes double-tongued; and [2with 3the one widening 4the things 5of his own 1be not mixed] lips! 20 One speaking evil of father or mother, [2shall be extinguished 1his torch]; and the pupils of his eyes shall see darkness. 21 A portion being hastily gotten at first, in the finalities shall not be blessed. 22 You should not say, I will pay back the enemy; but wait on the  lord that he should help you. 23 [3is an abomination 4to the  lord 1A double 2weight]; and [2yoke balance scale 1a deceitful] is not good before him. 24 [5by 6the  lord 4are straightened 1The 2footsteps 3of a man]; but a mortal, how can he comprehend his ways? 25 It is a snare to a man quickly [2anything 3of his own 1to sanctify]; for after vowing it, changing of the mind happens. 26 [3is a winnower 4of the impious 2king 1A wise]; and he puts [2to them 1the wheel]. 27 The light of the  lord is the breath of men, which searches the storerooms of the bellies. 28 Charity and truth are a guard to a king, and they will surround [2in 3righteousness 1his throne]. 29 An ornament to young men is wisdom; and the glory of older men is gray hair. 30 Bruises and breaks meet with bad men; and calamities shall come to the storerooms of their bellies.
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