Proverbs 20

On Life and Conduct

1 a  Wine is a mocker b  strong drink a brawler,
And whoever
Lit errs
is intoxicated by it is not wise.
2The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion;
He who provokes him to anger
Lit sins against
e  forfeits his own life.
Lit Ceasing
g  Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man,
But any fool will
Lit burst out
4The i  sluggard does not plow after the autumn,
So he
Lit asks
begs during the harvest and has nothing.
5A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water,
But a man of understanding draws it out.
6Many a man k  proclaims his own loyalty,
But who can find a l  trustworthy man?
7A righteous man who m  walks in his integrity
n  How blessed are his sons after him.
8 o  A king who sits on the throne of justice
Or Sifts
Disperses all evil with his eyes.
9 q  Who can say, “I have cleansed my heart,
I am pure from my sin”?
Lit A stone and a stone, an ephah and an ephah
s  Differing weights and differing measures,
Both of them are abominable to the  Lord.
11It is by his deeds that a lad
Or makes himself known
u  distinguishes himself
If his conduct is pure and right.
12The hearing v  ear and the seeing eye,
The  Lord has made both of them.
13 w  Do not love sleep, or you will become poor;
Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with
Lit bread
14Bad, bad,” says the buyer,
But when he goes his way, then he boasts.
15There is gold, and an abundance of
Or corals
But the lips of knowledge are a more precious thing.
16Take his garment when he becomes surety for a stranger;
And for foreigners, hold him in pledge.
17 z  Bread obtained by falsehood is sweet to a man,
But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.
18Prepare aa  plans by consultation,
And ab  make war by wise guidance.
19He who ac  goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets,
Therefore do not associate with
Lit one who opens his lips
ae  a gossip.
20He who af  curses his father or his mother,
His ag  lamp will go out in
Lit pupil (of eye)
time of darkness.
21An inheritance gained hurriedly at the beginning
Will not be blessed in the end.
22 ai  Do not say, “I will repay evil”;
aj  Wait for the  Lord, and He will save you.
Lit A stone and a stone
al  Differing weights are an abomination to the  Lord,
And a
Lit balance of deceit
an  false scale is not good.
24 ao  Man’s steps are ordained by the  Lord,
How then can man understand his way?
25It is a trap for a man to say rashly, “It is holy!”
And ap  after the vows to make inquiry.
26A aq  wise king winnows the wicked,
Lit turns
drives the as  threshing wheel over them.
Lit breath
au  spirit of man is the lamp of the  Lord,
Searching all the
Lit chambers of the body
innermost parts of his being.
Lit Covenant loyalty
Loyalty and ax  truth preserve the king,
And he upholds his throne by
Lit Covenant loyalty
29The glory of young men is their strength,
And the
Or splendor
ba  honor of old men is their gray hair.
30 bb  Stripes that wound scour away evil,
And strokes reach the
Lit chambers of the body
innermost parts.

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