Proverbs 20 New American Standard Bible

20 1 Wine is a mocker , strong drink a brawler , And whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise .

2 The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion ; He who provokes him to anger forfeits his own life .

3 Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man , But any fool will quarrel .

4 The sluggard does not plow after the autumn , So he begs during the harvest and has nothing .

5 A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water , But a man of understanding draws it out.

6 Many a man proclaims his own loyalty , But who can find a trustworthy man ?

7 A righteous man who walks in his integrity - How blessed are his sons after him.

8 A king who sits on the throne of justice Disperses all evil with his eyes .

9 Who can say , "I have cleansed my heart , I am pure from my sin "?

10 Differing weights and differing measures , Both e of them are abominable to the Lord .

11 It is by his deeds that a lad distinguishes himself If his conduct is pure and right .

12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye , The Lord has made both e of them.

13 Do not love sleep , or you will become poor ; Open your eyes , and you will be satisfied with food .

14 "Bad , bad ," says the buyer , But when he goes his way , then he boasts .

15 There is gold , and an abundance of jewels ; But the lips of knowledge are a more precious thing .

16 Take his garment when he becomes surety for a stranger ; And for foreigners , hold him in pledge .

17 Bread obtained by falsehood is sweet to a man , But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel .

18 Prepare plans by consultation , And make war by wise guidance .

19 He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets , Therefore do not associate with a gossip e .

20 He who curses his father or his mother , His lamp will go out in time of darkness .

21 An inheritance gained hurriedly at the beginning Will not be blessed in the end .

22 Do not say , "I will repay evil "; Wait for the Lord , and He will save you.

23 Differing weights are an abomination to the Lord , And a false scale is not good .

24 Man's steps are ordained by the Lord , How then can man understand his way ?

25 It is a trap for a man to say rashly , "It is holy !" And after the vows to make inquiry .

26 A wise king winnows the wicked , And drives the threshing wheel over them.

27 The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord , Searching all the innermost parts of his being .

28 Loyalty and truth preserve the king , And he upholds his throne by righteousness .

29 The glory of young men is their strength , And the honor of old men is their gray hair .

30 Stripes that wound scour away evil , And strokes reach the innermost parts .



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