Bishops' Bible

Proverbs 20

Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices (10-24).

Proverbs 20:1 Wine maketh a man to be scornefull, & strong drinke causeth a man to be vnquiet: who so delighteth therin shall not be wyse. Proverbs 20:2 The feare of the king is as the roaring of a Lion, who so prouoketh hym vnto anger, offendeth against his owne soule. Proverbs 20:3 It is a mans honour to kepe him selfe from strife: but euery foole wyll be medling. Proverbs 20:4 A slouthfull body wyll not go to plow for colde of the winter: therefore shall he begge in sommer, and haue nothing. Proverbs 20:5 Counsayle in the heart of man is like deepe water: but a man of vnderstanding wyll drawe it out. Proverbs 20:6 Many there be that woulde be called good doers: but where shall one finde a faythfull man? Proverbs 20:7 The chyldren of the iust man which walketh vprightly, shalbe blessed after hym. Proverbs 20:8 A kyng that sitteth in the throne of iudgement, chaseth away all euyll with his looke. Proverbs 20:9 Who can say, I haue made my heart cleane, I am pure from [my] sinne? Proverbs 20:10 Two maner of wayghtes or two maner of measures, both these are abhomination vnto the Lorde. Proverbs 20:11 A chylde is knowen by his conuersation, whether his workes be pure and right. Proverbs 20:12 The eare to heare, the eye to see: the Lorde hath made them both. Proverbs 20:13 Loue not sleepe, lest thou come vnto pouertie: but open thyne eyes, that thou mayest haue bread inough. Proverbs 20:14 It is naught, it is naught (saith he that byeth): but when he commeth to his owne house, then he boasteth [of his peny worth.] Proverbs 20:15 There is golde, and a multitude of precious stones: but the lippes of knowledge are a precious iewell. Proverbs 20:16 Take his garment that is suretie for a straunger: and take a pledge of hym for the vnknowen sake. Proverbs 20:17 A man liketh the bread that is gotten with deceipt: but at the last his mouth shalbe filled with grauell. Proverbs 20:18 Thorowe counsayle, the thinges that men deuise are made strong: and with good aduise take warre in hande. Proverbs 20:19 The craftie deceiptfull bewrayeth secrete counsayle: therefore meddle not with hym that flattereth with his lips. Proverbs 20:20 Who so curseth his father and mother, his light shalbe put out in the depth of darknesse. Proverbs 20:21 The heritage that commeth hastylye at the first, shall not be blessed at the ende. Proverbs 20:22 Say not thou, I wyll recompence euyll: but put thy trust in the Lorde, and he shall deliuer thee. Proverbs 20:23 Diuers wayghtes are an abhomination vnto the Lord, and a false balaunce is not good. Proverbs 20:24 The Lord ordereth euery mans goinges: how can a man then vnderstand his owne way? Proverbs 20:25 It is a snare for a man to deuour that whiche is holy, and after the vowe to make inquirie. Proverbs 20:26 A wyse kyng disperseth the vngodly, and bringeth the wheele ouer them. Proverbs 20:27 The lanterne of the Lorde is the breath of man, searching all the inwarde partes of the body. Proverbs 20:28 Mercy and trueth preserueth the king, and with louing kindnes his seate is holden vp. Proverbs 20:29 The strength of young men is their worship, and a gray head is an honour vnto the aged. Proverbs 20:30 Blewe woundes driue away euyll, and stripes in the inwarde partes of the body.

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