Proverbs 20:20
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New International Version
If someone curses their father or mother, their lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.

King James Bible
Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.

Darby Bible Translation
Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in the blackest darkness.

World English Bible
Whoever curses his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in blackness of darkness.

Young's Literal Translation
Whoso is vilifying his father and his mother, Extinguished is his lamp in blackness of darkness.

Proverbs 20:20 Parallel
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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Whoso curseth his father - Such persons were put to death under the law; see Exodus 21:17; Leviticus 20:9, and here it is said, Their lamp shall be put out - they shall have no posterity; God shall cut them off both root and branch.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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Proverbs 30:11,17 There is a generation that curses their father, and does not bless their mother...

Exodus 20:12 Honor your father and your mother: that your days may be long on the land which the LORD your God gives you.

Exodus 21:17 And he that curses his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death.

Leviticus 20:9 For every one that curses his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he has cursed his father or his mother...

Deuteronomy 27:16 Cursed be he that sets light by his father or his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen.

Matthew 22:13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness...

Matthew 25:8 And the foolish said to the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

Jude 1:13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

lamp or candle

Proverbs 20:27 The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

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Bread and Gravel
'"Bread of deceit" is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.'--PROVERBS xx. 17. 'Bread of deceit' is a somewhat ambiguous phrase, which may mean either of two things, and perhaps means both. It may either mean any good obtained by deceit, or good which deceives in its possession. In the former signification it would appear to have reference primarily to unjustly gotten gain, while in the latter it has a wider meaning and applies to all the worthless treasures and lying
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Sluggard's Reproof
A Sermon (No. 2766) intended for reading on Lord's Day, February 16, 1902 delivered by C.H. Spurgeon at New Park Street Chapel, Southwark on a Thursday Evening, during the Winter of 1859. "The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing." {cold: or, winter}-- Proverbs 20:4. Laziness is the crying sin of Eastern nations. I believe that the peculiar genius of the Anglo-Saxon character prevents our being, as a nation, guilty of that sin. Perhaps
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

The Tears of the Penitent.
Adversity had taught David self-restraint, had braced his soul, had driven him to grasp firmly the hand of God. And prosperity had seemed for nearly twenty years but to perfect the lessons. Gratitude had followed deliverance, and the sunshine after the rain had brought out the fragrance of devotion and the blossoms of glad songs. A good man, and still more a man of David's age at the date of his great crime, seldom falls so low, unless there has been previous, perhaps unconscious, relaxation of the
Alexander Maclaren—The Life of David

How the Slothful and the Hasty are to be Admonished.
(Admonition 16.) Differently to be admonished are the slothful and the hasty. For the former are to be persuaded not to lose, by putting it off, the good they have to do; but the latter are to be admonished lest, while they forestall the time of good deeds by inconsiderate haste, they change their meritorious character. To the slothful therefore it is to be intimated, that often, when we will not do at the right time what we can, before long, when we will, we cannot. For the very indolence of
Leo the Great—Writings of Leo the Great

Cross References
Matthew 15:4
For God said, 'Honor your father and mother' and 'Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.'

Exodus 21:17
"Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.

Leviticus 20:9
"'Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death. Because they have cursed their father or mother, their blood will be on their own head.

Job 18:5
"The lamp of a wicked man is snuffed out; the flame of his fire stops burning.

Proverbs 13:9
The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.

Proverbs 20:21
An inheritance claimed too soon will not be blessed at the end.

Proverbs 24:20
for the evildoer has no future hope, and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.

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