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Proverbs 20

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

Proverbs 20:1 Wyne is a voluptuous thinge, & drockennes causeth sedicion: who so delyteth therin, shal neuer be wyse. Proverbs 20:2 The kynge ought to be feared as the roaringe of a lyon, who so prouoketh him vnto anger, offendeth agaynst his owne soule. Proverbs 20:3 It is a mans honoure to kepe himself from strife, but they yt haue pleasure in braulinge, are fooles eueryone. Proverbs 20:4 A slouthfull body wyl not go to plowe for colde, therfore shal he go abegginge in Sommer, and haue nothinge. Proverbs 20:5 Wyse councell in the herte of man is like a water in the depe of the earth, but he that hath vnderstondinge, bryngeth it forth. Proverbs 20:6 Many there be that are called good doers, but where shal one fynde a true faithful ma? Proverbs 20:7 Who so ledeth a godly and an innocent life, happie shal his children be, whom he leaueth behynde him. Proverbs 20:8 A kynge that sytteth in iudgment, and loketh well aboute him, dryueth awaye all euell. Proverbs 20:9 Who can saye: my hert is cleane, I am innocent from synne? Proverbs 20:10 To vse two maner of weightes, or two maner of measures, both these are abhominable vnto the LORDE. Proverbs 20:11 A childe is knowne by his conuersacion, whether his workes be pure and right. Proverbs 20:12 As for the hearinge of the eare & the sight of ye eye, ye LORDE hath made the both. Proverbs 20:13 Delyte not thou in slepe, lest thou come vnto pouerte: but ope thine eyes, & thou shalt haue bred ynough. Proverbs 20:14 It is naught, It is naught (saye men) whan they haue it, but whan it is gone, they geue it a good worde. Proverbs 20:15 A mouth of vnderstodinge is more worth then golde, many precious stones, and costly Iewels. Proverbs 20:16 Take his garment that is suertie for a straunger, & take a pledge of him for ye vnknowne mans sake. Proverbs 20:17 Euery ma liketh the bred that is gotten with disceate, but at the last is mouth shalbe fylled with grauell. Proverbs 20:18 Thorow councell the thinges that men deuyse go forwarde: & with discrecion ought warres to be taken in honde. Proverbs 20:19 Medle not with him that bewrayeth secretes, and is a slaunderer, and disceaueth with his lippes. Proverbs 20:20 Who so curseth his father and mother, his light shalbe put out in the myddest of darcknesse. Proverbs 20:21 The heretage that commeth to haistely at the first, shal not be praysed at the ende. Proverbs 20:22 Saye not thou: I will recompence euell, but put yi trust in the LORDE, & he shal defende ye. Proverbs 20:23 The LORDE abhorreth two maner of weightes, and a false balauce is an euell thinge. Proverbs 20:24 The LORDE ordreth euery mas goinges, for what is he, that vnderstondeth his owne wayes? Proverbs 20:25 It is a snare for a man to blaspheme that which is holy, & then to go aboute wt vowes. Proverbs 20:26 A wyse kynge destroyeth ye vngodly, & bryngeth the whele ouer them. Proverbs 20:27 The lanterne of ye LORDE is ye breth of man, & goeth thorow all the inwarde partes of the body. Proverbs 20:28 Mercy & faithfulnes preserue the kynge, & with louynge kyndnes his seate is holden vp. Proverbs 20:29 The strength of yonge men is their worshipe, & a gray heade, is an honor vnto ye aged. Proverbs 20:30 Woundes dryue awaye euell, and so do stripes the inwarde partes of the body.

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