Proverbs 20
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1Wine [is] a scorner—strong drink [is] noisy, || And any going astray in it is not wise.

2The fear of a king [is] a growl as of a young lion, || He who is causing him to be angry is wronging his soul.

3Cessation from strife is an honor to a man, || And every fool interferes.

4The slothful does not plow because of winter, || He asks in harvest, and there is nothing.

5Counsel in the heart of a man [is] deep water, || And a man of understanding draws it up.

6A multitude of men each proclaim his kindness, || And a man of steadfastness who finds?

7The righteous is habitually walking in his integrity, || O the blessedness of his sons after him!

8A king sitting on a throne of judgment, || Is scattering all evil with his eyes,

9Who says, “I have purified my heart, || I have been cleansed from my sin?”

10A stone and a stone, an ephah and an ephah, || Even both of them [are] an abomination to YHWH.

11Even by his actions a youth makes himself known, || Whether his work is pure or upright.

12A hearing ear, and a seeing eye—YHWH has even made both of them.

13Do not love sleep, lest you become poor, || Open your eyes—be satisfied [with] bread.

14“Bad, bad,” says the buyer, || And then he boasts himself going his way.

15Substance, gold, and a multitude of rubies, || Indeed, a precious vessel, [are] lips of knowledge.

16When a stranger has been guarantor, take his garment, || And pledge it for strangers.

17The bread of falsehood [is] sweet to a man, || And afterward his mouth is filled [with] gravel.

18You establish purposes by counsel, || And with plans you make war.

19The busybody is a revealer of secret counsels, || And do not make yourself guarantor for a deceiver [with] his lips.

20Whoever is vilifying his father and his mother, his lamp is extinguished in blackness of darkness.

21An inheritance gotten wrongly at first, || Even its latter end is not blessed.

22Do not say, “I repay evil,” || Wait for YHWH, and He delivers you.

23A stone and a stone [are] an abomination to YHWH, || And balances of deceit [are] not good.

24The steps of a man [are] from YHWH, || And man—how does he understand his way?

25A snare to a man [that] he has swallowed a holy thing, || And to make inquiry after vows.

26A wise king is scattering the wicked, || And turns the wheel back on them.

27The breath of man [is] a lamp of YHWH, || Searching all the inner parts of the heart.

28Kindness and truth keep a king, || And he has supported his throne by kindness.

29The beauty of young men is their strength, || And the honor of old men is grey hairs.

30Blows that wound cleanse away evil, || Also the scourges of the inner parts of the heart!

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