Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices (10-24).
Proverbs 20:1 Wine [is] a mocker, strong drinke is raging: and whosoeuer is deceiued thereby, is not wise. Proverbs 20:2 The feare of a king, [is as] the roaring of a Lion: [who so] prouoketh him to anger, sinneth [against] his owne soule. Proverbs 20:3 [It is] an honour for a man to cease from strife: but euery foole will be medling. Proverbs 20:4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he begge in haruest, and haue nothing. Proverbs 20:5 Counsell in the heart of man is [like] deepe water: but a man of vnderstanding will draw it out. Proverbs 20:6 Most men will proclaime euery one his owne goodnes: but a faithfull man who can finde? Proverbs 20:7 The iust man walketh in his integritie: his children [are] blessed after him. Proverbs 20:8 A king that sitteth in the throne of iudgement, scattereth away all euill with his eyes. Proverbs 20:9 Who can say, I haue made my heart cleane, I am pure from my sinne? Proverbs 20:10 Diuers weights, [and] diuers measures, both of them [are] alike abomination to the LORD. Proverbs 20:11 Euen a childe is knowen by his doings, whether his worke [be] pure, and whether [it be] right. Proverbs 20:12 The hearing eare, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made euen both of them. Proverbs 20:13 Loue not sleepe, lest thou come to pouertie: open thine eyes, [and] thou shalt be satisfied with bread. Proverbs 20:14 [It is] nought, [it is] nought (saith the buyer:) but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth. Proverbs 20:15 There is gold, and a multitude of Rubies: but the lips of knowledge [are] a precious iewell. Proverbs 20:16 Take his garment that is suerty [for] a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman. Proverbs 20:17 Bread of deceit is sweet to a man: but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with grauell. Proverbs 20:18 Euery purpose is established by counsell: and with good aduice make warre. Proverbs 20:19 He that goeth about [as] a tale-bearer, reueileth secrets; therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lippes. Proverbs 20:20 Who so curseth his father or his mother, his lampe shall be put out in obscure darkenesse. Proverbs 20:21 An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning: but the ende thereof shall not be blessed. Proverbs 20:22 Say not thou, I will recompence euil: [but] wait on the LORD, and he shall saue thee. Proverbs 20:23 Diuers waights [are] an abomination vnto the LORD: and a false ballance [is] not good. Proverbs 20:24 Mans goings [are] of the LORD; how can a man then vnderstand his owne way? Proverbs 20:25 [It is] a snare to the man [who] deuoureth that which is holy: and after vowes, to make inquirie. Proverbs 20:26 A wise king scattereth the wicked, & bringeth the wheele ouer them. Proverbs 20:27 The spirit of man [is] the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly. Proverbs 20:28 Mercy and trueth preserue the king: and his throne is vpholden by mercy. Proverbs 20:29 The glory of yong men [is] their strength: and the beautie of old men [is] the gray head. Proverbs 20:30 The blewnes of a wound cleanseth away euill: so doe stripes the inward parts of the belly.