Proverbs 20
Holman Christian Standard Bible

1Wine is a mocker,a beer is a brawler,

and whoever staggers because of them is not wise.

2A king’s terrible wrath is like the roaring of a lion;

anyone who provokes him endangers himself.b

3It is honorable for a man to resolve a dispute,c

but any fool can get himself into a quarrel.d

4The slacker does not plow during planting season;e

at harvest time he looks,f and there is nothing.g

5Counsel in a man’s heart is deep water;h

but a man of understanding draws it out.

6Many a man proclaims his own loyalty,

but who can find a trustworthy man?i

7The one who lives with integrity is righteous;j

his childrenk who come after him will be happy.l

8A king sitting on a throne to judge

sifts out all evil with his eyes.m

9Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure;

I am cleansed from my sin”?n

10Differing weights and varying measureso —

both are detestable to the LORD.p

11Even a young man is known by his actions —

if his behavior is pure and upright.q

12The hearing ear and the seeing eye —

the LORD made them both.r

13Don’t love sleep, or you will become poor;

open your eyes, and you’ll have enough to eat.s

14It’s worthless, it’s worthless! ” the buyer says,

but after he is on his way, he gloats.

15There is gold and a multitude of jewels,

but knowledgeable lips are a rare treasure.t

16Take his garment,u

for he has put up security for a stranger;

get collateral if it is for foreigners.v

17Food gained by fraud is sweet to a man,w

but afterward his mouth is full of gravel.

18Finalize plans with counsel,x

and wage war with sound guidance.y

19The one who reveals secrets is a constant gossip;z

avoid someone with a big mouth.aa

20Whoever curses his father or motherab —

his lamp will go out in deep darkness.ac

21An inheritance gained prematurely

will not be blessed ultimately.ad

22Don’t say, “I will avenge this evil! ”ae

Wait on the LORD,af and He will rescue you.ag

23Differing weightsah are detestable to the LORD,ai

and dishonest scalesaj are unfair.

24A man’s steps are determined by the LORD,ak

so how can anyone understand his own way?

25It is a trap for anyone to dedicate something rashly

and later to reconsider his vows.al

26A wise king separates out the wickedam

and drives the threshing wheelan over them.

27The LORD’s lamp sheds light on a person’s life,ao

searching the innermost parts.ap, aq

28Loyalty and faithfulness deliver a king;

through loyalty he maintains his throne.

29The glory of young men is their strength,

and the splendor of old men is gray hair.ar

30Lashes and wounds purge away evil,as

and beatings cleanse the innermost parts.at


Footnotes:
a. 20:1 Gn 9:21; Pr 23:29-30; Is 28:7; Hs 4:11
b. 20:2 Nm 16:38; Est 4:11; Pr 8:36; 19:12; 28:15; Hab 2:10
c. 20:3 Pr 17:14
d. 20:3 Pr 15:18; 18:6; 22:10
e. 20:4 Lit plow in winter
f. 20:4 Lit inquires
g. 20:4 Pr 24:27,30-34
h. 20:5 Pr 18:4
i. 20:6 Ps 53:2-3; Pr 28:20; Ec 7:28; Lk 18:8
j. 20:7 Pr 2:7,20-21; 10:9; 13:6
k. 20:7 Lit sons
l. 20:7 Ps 37:26; 112:2
m. 20:8 Pr 20:26; 25:5; Mt 25:32
n. 20:9 1Kg 8:46; Jb 15:15-16; Ps 14:2-3; Ec 7:20; Rm 3:9-12; 1Jn 1:8
o. 20:10 Lit Stone and stone, measure and measure
p. 20:10 Dt 25:14-15; Pr 11:1; 20:23; Mc 6:10-11
q. 20:11 Pr 21:8; Mt 7:16
r. 20:12 Ex 4:11; Ps 94:9; Pr 22:2; 29:13
s. 20:13 Pr 6:10-11; 19:15; 24:33-34
t. 20:15 Pr 3:15; 8:11
u. 20:16 A debtor’s outer garment was held as collateral.
v. 20:16 Dt 24:12-13; Pr 6:1-5; 11:15; 27:13
w. 20:17 Pr 9:17
x. 20:18 Pr 11:14; 15:22
y. 20:18 Pr 24:6; Lk 14:31
z. 20:19 Lv 19:16; Pr 11:13
aa. 20:19 Pr 13:3
ab. 20:20 Ex 21:17; Pr 24:20; 30:11
ac. 20:20 Jb 18:5
ad. 20:21 Pr 21:5; 23:5; 28:22; Lk 15:11-13
ae. 20:22 Pr 24:29; Mt 5:39; Rm 12:17,19; 1Th 5:15; 1Pt 3:9
af. 20:22 Ps 27:14
ag. 20:22 Ps 37:7-9
ah. 20:23 Lit A stone and a stone
ai. 20:23 Pr 20:10; Mc 6:11
aj. 20:23 Pr 11:1
ak. 20:24 Pr 16:9,33; 19:21
al. 20:25 Nm 30:2; Dt 23:21; Ec 5:4-6
am. 20:26 Pr 20:8
an. 20:26 Is 28:27
ao. 20:27 Lit breath
ap. 20:27 Lit the chambers of the belly
aq. 20:27 Ps 139:23; Pr 20:30; 1Co 2:11
ar. 20:29 Lv 19:32; Pr 16:31
as. 20:30 Is 53:5
at. 20:30 Lit beatings the chambers of the belly
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