Proverbs 20

1Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whoever is deceived by it is not wise.

2The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoever provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.

3It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

4The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
cold: or, winter

5Counsel in the heart of man is like 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?
goodness: or, bounty

7The just manwalketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.

8A king that sitteth on the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.

9Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?

10Differing weights, and differing measures, both of them are alike abomination to the LORD.
Divers weights: Heb. A stone and a stone
divers measures: Heb. an ephah and an ephah

11Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work is pure, and whether it is right.

12The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.

13Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thy eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

14It isnothing, it isnothing, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.

15There is gold, and an abundance of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

16Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for an adulteress.

17Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.
deceit: Heb. lying, or, falsehood

18Everypurpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.

19He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.
flattereth: or, enticeth

20Whoever curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.
lamp: or, candle

21An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end of it shall not be blessed.

22Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.

23Differing weights are an abomination to the LORD; and a false balance is not good.
a false...: Heb. balance of deceit

24Man’s goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?

25It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy, and after vows to make enquiry.

26A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them.

27The spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.
candle: or, lamp

28Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upheld by mercy.

29The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the gray head.

30The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.
cleanseth...: Heb. is a purging medicine against

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