Proverbs 20
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1Wine is a mocker and strong drink is a brawler;

whoever goes astray by them is not wise.

2The king’s terrifying anger is like the roar of a lion;

whoever provokes him sins against himself.

3It is an honor for a person to cease from strife,

but every fool quarrels.

4The sluggard will not plow during the planting season,

so at harvest time he looks for the crop but has nothing.

5Counsel in a person’s heart is like deep water,

but an understanding person draws it out.

6Many people profess their loyalty,

but a faithful person – who can find?

7The righteous person behaves in integrity;

blessed are his children after him.

8A king sitting on the throne to judge

separates out all evil with his eyes.

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

I am pure from my sin”?

10Diverse weights and diverse measures –

the Lord abhors both of them.

11Even a young man is known by his actions,

whether his activity is pure and whether it is right.

12The ear that hears and the eye that sees –

the Lord has made them both.

13Do not love sleep, lest you become impoverished;

open your eyes so that you might be satisfied with food.

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

but when he goes on his way, he boasts.

15There is gold, and an abundance of rubies,

but words of knowledge are like a precious jewel.

16Take a man’s garment when he has given security for a stranger,

and when he gives surety for strangers, hold him in pledge.

17Bread gained by deceit tastes sweet to a person,

but afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.

18Plans are established by counsel,

so make war with guidance.

19The one who goes about gossiping reveals secrets;

therefore do not associate with someone who is always opening his mouth.

20The one who curses his father and his mother,

his lamp will be extinguished in the blackest darkness.

21An inheritance gained easily in the beginning

will not be blessed in the end.

22Do not say, “I will pay back evil!”

Wait for the Lord, so that he may vindicate you.

23The Lord abhors differing weights,

and dishonest scales are wicked.

24The steps of a person are ordained by the Lord

so how can anyone understand his own way?

25It is a snare for a person to rashly cry, “Holy!”

and only afterward to consider what he has vowed.

26A wise king separates out the wicked;

he turns the threshing wheel over them.

27The human spirit is like the lamp of the Lord,

searching all his innermost parts.

28Loyal love and truth preserve a king,

and his throne is upheld by loyal love.

29The glory of young men is their strength,

and the splendor of old men is gray hair.

30Beatings and wounds cleanse away evil,

and floggings cleanse the innermost being.

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