Chapter 20

PRO.20:1 Wine is a mocker, Strong drink is a brawler, And whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
PRO.20:2 The wrath of a king is like the roaring of a lion; Whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own life.
PRO.20:3 It is honorable for a man to stop striving, Since any fool can start a quarrel.
PRO.20:4 The lazy man will not plow because of winter; He will beg during harvest and have nothing.
PRO.20:5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, But a man of understanding will draw it out.
PRO.20:6 Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, But who can find a faithful man?
PRO.20:7 The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him.
PRO.20:8 A king who sits on the throne of judgment Scatters all evil with his eyes.
PRO.20:9 Who can say, “I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin”?
PRO.20:10 Diverse weights and diverse measures, They are both alike, an abomination to the LORD.
PRO.20:11 Even a child is known by his deeds, Whether what he does is pure and right.
PRO.20:12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye, The LORD has made them both.
PRO.20:13 Do not love sleep, lest you come to poverty; Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with bread.
PRO.20:14 “It is good for nothing,” cries the buyer; But when he has gone his way, then he boasts.
PRO.20:15 There is gold and a multitude of rubies, But the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
PRO.20:16 Take the garment of one who is surety for a stranger, And hold it as a pledge when it is for a seductress.
PRO.20:17 Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.
PRO.20:18 Plans are established by counsel; By wise counsel wage war.
PRO.20:19 He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets; Therefore do not associate with one who flatters with his lips.
PRO.20:20 Whoever curses his father or his mother, His lamp will be put out in deep darkness.
PRO.20:21 An inheritance gained hastily at the beginning Will not be blessed at the end.
PRO.20:22 Do not say, “I will recompense evil”; Wait for the LORD, and He will save you.
PRO.20:23 Diverse weights are an abomination to the LORD, And dishonest scales are not good.
PRO.20:24 A man’s steps are of the LORD; How then can a man understand his own way?
PRO.20:25 It is a snare for a man to devote rashly something as holy, And afterward to reconsider his vows.
PRO.20:26 A wise king sifts out the wicked, And brings the threshing wheel over them.
PRO.20:27 The spirit of a man is the lamp of the LORD, Searching all the inner depths of his heart.
PRO.20:28 Mercy and truth preserve the king, And by lovingkindness he upholds his throne.
PRO.20:29 The glory of young men is their strength, And the splendor of old men is their gray head.
PRO.20:30 Blows that hurt cleanse away evil, As do stripes the inner depths of the heart.

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