Chapter 20

20:1  Wine is a mocker, and beer is a brawler; Whoever is led astray by them is not wise.

20:2  The terror of a king is like the roaring of a lion: He who provokes him to anger forfeits his own life.

20:3  It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife; But every fool will be quarreling.

20:4  The sluggard will not plow by reason of the winter; Therefore he shall 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  Many men claim to be men of unfailing love, But who can find a faithful man?

20:7  A righteous man walks in integrity. Blessed are his children 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 pure. I am clean and without sin?"

20:10  Differing weights and differing measures, Both of them alike are an abomination 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  Don't love sleep, lest you come to poverty; Open your eyes, and you shall be satisfied with bread.

20:14  "It's no good, it's no good," says the buyer; But when he is gone his way, then he boasts.

20:15  There is gold and abundance of rubies; But the lips of knowledge are a rare jewel.

20:16  Take the garment of one who puts up collateral for a stranger; And hold him in pledge for a wayward woman.

20:17  Fraudulent food is sweet to a man, But afterwards his mouth is filled with gravel.

20:18  Plans are established by advice; By wise guidance you wage war!

20:19  He who goes about as a tale-bearer reveals secrets; Therefore don't keep company with him who opens wide his lips.

20:20  Whoever curses his father or his mother, His lamp shall be put out in blackness of darkness.

20:21  An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning, Won't be blessed in the end.

20:22  Don't say, "I will pay back evil." Wait for Yahweh, and he will save you.

20:23  Yahweh detests differing weights, And dishonest scales are not pleasing.

20:24  A man's steps are from Yahweh; How then can man understand his way?

20:25  It is a snare to a man make a rash dedication, And later reconsider his vows.

20:26  A wise king winnows out the wicked, And drives the threshing wheel over them.

20:27  The spirit of man is Yahweh's lamp, Searching all his innermost parts.

20:28  Love and faithfulness keep the king safe. His throne is sustained by love.

20:29  The glory of young men is their strength. The splendor of old men is their gray hair.

20:30  Wounding blows cleanse away evil, And beatings purge the innermost parts.


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