Bible: Prov 20

20:1 Wine 1  is a mocker 2  and strong drink is a brawler;

whoever goes astray by them is not wise. 3 

20:2 The king’s terrifying anger 4  is like the roar of a lion;

whoever provokes him 5  sins against himself. 6 

20:3 It is an honor for a person 7  to cease 8  from strife,

but every fool quarrels. 9 

20:4 The sluggard will not plow 10  during the planting season, 11 

so at harvest time he looks 12  for the crop 13  but has nothing.

20:5 Counsel 14  in a person’s heart 15  is like 16  deep water, 17 

but an understanding person 18  draws it out.

20:6 Many people profess their loyalty, 19 

but a faithful person 20 who can find? 21 

20:7 The righteous person 22  behaves in integrity; 23 

blessed are his children after him. 24 

20:8 A king sitting on the throne to judge 25 

separates out 26  all evil with his eyes. 27 

20:9 Who can say, 28 I have kept my heart clean; 29 

I am pure 30  from my sin?

20:10 Diverse weights and diverse measures 31 

the Lord abhors 32  both of them.

20:11 Even a young man 33  is known 34  by his actions,

whether his activity is pure and whether it is right. 35 

20:12 The ear that hears and the eye that sees 36 

the Lord has made them both. 37 

20:13 Do not love sleep, 38  lest you become impoverished;

open your eyes so that 39  you might be satisfied with food. 40 

20:14It’s worthless! It’s worthless!” 41  says the buyer, 42 

but when he goes on his way, he boasts. 43 

20:15 There is gold, and an abundance of rubies,

but 44  words of knowledge 45  are like 46  a precious jewel.

20:16 Take a man’s 47  garment 48  when he has given security for a stranger, 49 

and when he gives surety for strangers, 50  hold him 51  in pledge.

20:17 Bread gained by deceit 52  tastes sweet to a person, 53 

but afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel. 54 

20:18 Plans 55  are established by counsel,

so 56  make war 57  with guidance.

20:19 The one who goes about gossiping 58  reveals secrets;

therefore do not associate 59  with someone who is always opening his mouth. 60 

20:20 The one who curses 61  his father and his mother,

his lamp 62  will be extinguished in the blackest 63  darkness.

20:21 An inheritance gained easily 64  in the beginning

will not be blessed 65  in the end. 66 

20:22 Do not say, 67 I will pay back 68  evil!”

Wait 69  for the Lord, so that he may vindicate you. 70 

20:23 The Lord abhors 71  differing weights,

and dishonest scales are wicked. 72 

20:24 The steps of a person 73  are ordained by 74  the Lord

so how can anyone 75  understand his own 76  way?

20:25 It is a snare 77  for a person 78  to rashly cry, 79  “Holy!”

and only afterward to consider 80  what he has vowed. 81 

20:26 A wise king separates out 82  the wicked;

he turns the threshing wheel over them. 83 

20:27 The human spirit 84  is like 85  the lamp 86  of the Lord,

searching all his innermost parts. 87 

20:28 Loyal love and truth 88  preserve a king,

and his throne is upheld by loyal love. 89 

20:29 The glory 90  of young men is their strength,

and the splendor 91  of old men is gray hair. 92 

20:30 Beatings and wounds cleanse away 93  evil,

and floggings cleanse 94  the innermost being. 95 

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