Proverbs 20

1Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever errs thereby is not wise. 2The terror of a king is as the roaring of a lion. He who provokes him to anger sins against his own life. 3It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarrelling. 4The sluggard will not plow because of the winter. Therefore he shall beg in harvest, and have nothing. 5Purpose in the heart of man is deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out. 6Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness, but a faithful man who can find? 7A righteous man who walks in his integrity, blessed are his sons after him. 8A king who sits on the throne of judgment scatters away all evil with his eyes. 9Who can say, I have made my heart clean. I am pure from my sin? 10Diverse weights, and diverse measures, both of them alike are an abomination to Jehovah. 11Even a child makes himself known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right. 12The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, Jehovah has made even both of them. 13Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty. Open thine eyes, and thou shall be satisfied with bread. 14It is bad, it is bad, says the buyer, but when he is gone his way, then he boasts. 15There is gold, and abundance of rubies, but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel. 16Take his garment who is surety for a stranger, and hold him in pledge for foreigners. 17Bread of falsehood is sweet to a man, but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel. 18Every purpose is established by counsel, and by wise guidance make thou war. 19He who goes about as a tale-bearer reveals secrets. Therefore do not associate with him who opens wide his lips. 20He who curses his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in blackness of darkness. 21An inheritance gotten hastily at the beginning shall not be blessed in the end. 22Say thou not, I will recompense evil. Wait for Jehovah, and he will save thee. 23Diverse weights are an abomination to Jehovah, and a false balance is not good. 24A man's goings are of Jehovah, how then can man understand his way? 25It is a snare to a man to say rashly, It is holy. And to make inquiry after vows. 26A wise king winnows the wicked, and brings the wheel over them. 27The spirit of man is the lamp of Jehovah, searching all his innermost parts. 28Kindness and truth preserve the king, and his throne is upheld by kindness. 29The glory of young men is their strength, and the beauty of old men is the hoary head. 30Stripes that wound cleanse away evil, and strokes, the innermost parts.
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