Sundry observations of moral virtues, and their contrary vices (10-24).
Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a scorner, strong drink is raging; and whoso erreth thereby is not wise. Proverbs 20:2 The terror of a king is as the roaring of a lion: he that provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul. Proverbs 20:3 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife; but every fool rusheth into it. Proverbs 20:4 The sluggard will not plough by reason of the winter; he shall beg in harvest, and have nothing. Proverbs 20:5 Counsel in the heart of man is deep water, and a man of understanding draweth it out. Proverbs 20:6 Most men will proclaim every one his own kindness; but a faithful man who shall find? Proverbs 20:7 The righteous walketh in his integrity: blessed are his children after him! Proverbs 20:8 A king sitting on the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes. Proverbs 20:9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin? Proverbs 20:10 Divers weights, divers measures, even both of them are abomination to Jehovah. Proverbs 20:11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right. Proverbs 20:12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, Jehovah hath made even both of them. Proverbs 20:13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, [and] thou shalt be satisfied with bread. Proverbs 20:14 Bad! bad! 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 Jewel. Proverbs 20:16 Take his garment that is become surety [for] another, and hold him in pledge for strangers. Proverbs 20:17 Bread of falsehood is sweet to a man, but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel. Proverbs 20:18 Plans are established by counsel; and with good advice make war. Proverbs 20:19 He that goeth about talebearing revealeth secrets; therefore meddle not with him that openeth his lips. Proverbs 20:20 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in the blackest darkness. Proverbs 20:21 An inheritance obtained hastily at the beginning will not be blessed in the end. Proverbs 20:22 Say not, I will recompense evil: wait on Jehovah, and he shall save thee. Proverbs 20:23 Divers weights are an abomination unto Jehovah; and a false balance is not good. Proverbs 20:24 The steps of a man are from Jehovah; and how can a man understand his own way? Proverbs 20:25 It is a snare to a man rashly to say, It is hallowed, and after vows to make inquiry. Proverbs 20:26 A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them. Proverbs 20:27 Man's spirit is the lamp of Jehovah, searching all the inner parts of the belly. Proverbs 20:28 Mercy and truth preserve the king; and he upholdeth his throne by mercy. Proverbs 20:29 The glory of young men is their strength; and the beauty of old men is the grey head. Proverbs 20:30 Wounding stripes purge away evil, and strokes [purge] the inner parts of the belly.