a[Gen. 9:21]; See ch. 23:29-32
fNum. 16:38; Hab. 2:10; See ch. 8:36
qSee 1 Kgs. 8:46
x[ch. 6:4; 19:15; 31:15; Rom. 12:11]
aoSee 2 Sam. 21:17; Job 18:5
Proverbs 201 aWine is a mocker bstrong drink a brawler,
and whoever cis led astray by it is not wise. ▼
▼Or will not become wise
2The terror of a king is like ethe growling of a lion;
whoever provokes him to anger fforfeits his life.
3It is an honor for a man to gkeep aloof from strife,
but every fool will be quarreling.
4 hThe sluggard does not plow in the autumn;
ihe will seek at harvest and have nothing.
5The purpose in a man’s heart is like jdeep water,
but a man of understanding will draw it out.
6Many a man kproclaims his own steadfast love,
but la faithful man who can find?
7The righteous who mwalks in his integrity—
nblessed are his children after him!
8 oA king who sits on the throne of judgment
pwinnows all evil with his eyes.
9 qWho can say, “I have made my heart pure;
I am clean from my sin”?
10 rUnequal ▼
▼Or Two kinds of; also verse 23weights and unequal measures
are both alike an abomination to the Lord.
11Even a child tmakes 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 vThe hearing ear and the seeing eye,
wthe Lord has made them both.
13 xLove not sleep, lest you ycome to poverty;
open your eyes, and you will have zplenty of bread.
14“Bad, bad,” says the buyer,
but when he goes away, then he boasts.
15There is gold and abundance of aacostly stones,
abbut the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
16 acTake a man’s garment when he has put up security for a stranger,
and adhold it in pledge when he puts up security for foreigners. ▼
▼Or for an adulteress (compare 27:13)
17 afBread gained by deceit is sweet to a man,
but afterward his mouth will be full of aggravel.
18 ahPlans are established by counsel;
by aiwise guidance ajwage war.
19Whoever akgoes about slandering reveals secrets;
therefore do not associate with ala simple babbler. ▼
▼Hebrew with one who is simple in his lips
20 anIf one curses his father or his mother,
aohis lamp will be put out in utter darkness.
21 apAn inheritance gained hastily in the beginning
will not be blessed in the end.
22Do not say aq“I will repay evil”;
arwait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.
23 asUnequal weights are an abomination to the Lord,
and atfalse scales are not good.
24A man’s austeps 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 avafter making vows.
26A wise king awwinnows the wicked
and drives axthe wheel over them.
27 ayThe spirit ▼
▼Hebrew breathof man is the lamp of the Lord,
basearching all bbhis innermost parts.
28 bcSteadfast love and faithfulness preserve the king,
and by steadfast love his bdthrone is upheld.
29The glory of young men is their strength,
but bethe splendor of old men is their gray hair.
30 bfBlows that wound cleanse away evil;
strokes make clean bgthe innermost parts.
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