Proverbs, Chapter 20

20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler; And whoever errs by it is not wise.
20:2 The terror of a king is as the roaring of a lion: He who makes him furious sins [against] his own soul.
20:3 It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife; But every fool will be quarrelling.
20:4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the winter; Therefore he will beg in harvest, and have nothing.
20:5 Counsel in the heart of man is [like] deep water; But a man of understanding will draw it out.
20:6 Most of man will proclaim every one his own kindness; But a faithful man who can find?
20:7 A righteous man who walks in his integrity, Blessed are his sons after him.
20:8 A king who sits on the throne of judgment Scatters away all evil with his eyes.
20:9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?
20:10 Diverse weights, and diverse measures, Both of them alike are disgusting to Yahweh.
20:11 Even a child makes himself known by his doings, Whether his work is pure, and whether it is right.
20:12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, Yahweh has made even both of them.
20:13 Do not love sleep, or else you will come to poverty; Open your eyes, [and] you will be satisfied with bread.
20:14 It is bad, it is bad, says the buyer; But when he has gone his way, then he boasts.
20:15 There is gold, and abundance of rubies; But the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
20:16 Take his garment who is surety for a stranger; And hold him in pledge [who is surety] for foreigners.
20:17 Bread of falsehood is sweet to a man; But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.
20:18 Every purpose is established by counsel; And by wise guidance make war.
20:19 He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets; Therefore don't company with him who opens his lips wide.
20:20 Whoever curses his father or his mother, His lamp will be put out in the middle of the night.
20:21 An inheritance [may be] obtained hastily at the beginning; But its end will not be blessed.
20:22 Don't say, I will recompense evil: Wait for Yahweh, and he will save you.
20:23 Diverse weights are disgusting to Yahweh; And a false balance is not good.
20:24 A man's goings are of Yahweh; How then can [noble] man understand his way?
20:25 It is a snare to man to rashly say, [It is] holy, And after vows to make inquiry.
20:26 A wise king winnows the wicked, And brings the [threshing]-wheel over them.
20:27 The breath of man is the lamp of Yahweh, Searching all his innermost parts.
20:28 Kindness and truth preserve the king; And his throne is upheld by kindness.
20:29 The glory of young men is their strength; And the majesty of old men is the gray head.
20:30 Stripes that wound cleanse away evil; And strokes [reach] the innermost parts.

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