Proverbs 20

1 a  Wine is a mocker b  strong drink a brawler,
and whoever c  is led astray by it is not wise.
Or will not become wise

2The terror of a king is like e  the growling of a lion;
whoever provokes him to anger f  forfeits his life.
3It is an honor for a man to g  keep aloof from strife,
but every fool will be quarreling.
4 h  The sluggard does not plow in the autumn;
i  he will seek at harvest and have nothing.
5The purpose in a man’s heart is like j  deep water,
but a man of understanding will draw it out.
6Many a man k  proclaims his own steadfast love,
but l  a faithful man who can find?
7The righteous who m  walks in his integrity
n  blessed are his children after him!
8 o  A king who sits on the throne of judgment
p  winnows all evil with his eyes.
9 q  Who can say, “I have made my heart pure;
I am clean from my sin”?
10 r  Unequal
Or Two kinds of; also verse 23
weights and unequal measures
are both alike an abomination to the  Lord.
11Even a child t  makes himself known by his acts,
by whether his conduct is pure and upright.
Or  Even a child can dissemble in his actions, though his conduct seems pure and upright

12 v  The hearing ear and the seeing eye,
w  the  Lord has made them both.
13 x  Love not sleep, lest you y  come to poverty;
open your eyes, and you will have z  plenty of bread.
14Bad, bad,” says the buyer,
but when he goes away, then he boasts.
15There is gold and abundance of aa  costly stones,
ab  but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
16 ac  Take a man’s garment when he has put up security for a stranger,
and ad  hold it in pledge when he puts up security for foreigners.
Or  for an adulteress (compare 27:13)

17 af  Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man,
but afterward his mouth will be full of ag  gravel.
18 ah  Plans are established by counsel;
by ai  wise guidance aj  wage war.
19Whoever ak  goes about slandering reveals secrets;
therefore do not associate with al  a simple babbler.
Hebrew  with one who is simple in his lips

20 an  If one curses his father or his mother,
ao  his lamp will be put out in utter darkness.
21 ap  An inheritance gained hastily in the beginning
will not be blessed in the end.
22Do not say aq  “I will repay evil”;
ar  wait for the  Lord, and he will deliver you.
23 as  Unequal weights are an abomination to the  Lord,
and at  false scales are not good.
24A man’s au  steps are from the  Lord;
how then can man understand his way?
25It is a snare to say rashly, “It is holy,”
and to reflect only av  after making vows.
26A wise king aw  winnows the wicked
and drives ax  the wheel over them.
27 ay  The spirit
Hebrew breath
of man is the lamp of the  Lord,
ba  searching all bb  his innermost parts.
28 bc  Steadfast love and faithfulness preserve the king,
and by steadfast love his bd  throne is upheld.
29The glory of young men is their strength,
but be  the splendor of old men is their gray hair.
30 bf  Blows that wound cleanse away evil;
strokes make clean bg  the innermost parts.
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