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Proverbs 20

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

Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler; and whosoever 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 life. Proverbs 20:3 It is an honour for a man to keep aloof from strife: but every fool will be quarrelling. Proverbs 20:4 The slothful will not plow by reason of the winter; therefore he shall beg in harvest, and have nothing. Proverbs 20:5 Counsel in the heart of man is [like] deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out. Proverbs 20:6 Most men wilt proclaim every one his own kindness: but a faithful man who can find? Proverbs 20:7 A just man that walketh in his integrity, blessed are his children after him. Proverbs 20:8 A king that sitteth 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, and divers measures, both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD. Proverbs 20:11 Even a child maketh himself known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right. Proverbs 20:12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD 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 It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth. Proverbs 20:15 There is gold, and abundance of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel. Proverbs 20:16 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger; and hold him in pledge [that is surety] 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 Every purpose is established by counsel: and by wise guidance make thou war, Proverbs 20:19 He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that openeth wide 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 [may be] gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed. Proverbs 20:22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil: wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee. Proverbs 20:23 Divers weights are an abomination to the LORD; and a false balance is not good. Proverbs 20:24 A man's goings are of the LORD; how then can man understand his way? Proverbs 20:25 It is a snare to a man rashly to say, [It is] holy, and after vows to make inquiry. Proverbs 20:26 A wise king winnoweth the wicked, and bringeth the [threshing] wheel over them. Proverbs 20:27 The spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD, searching all the innermost parts of the belly. Proverbs 20:28 Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy. Proverbs 20:29 The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the hoary head. Proverbs 20:30 Stripes that wound cleanse away evil: and strokes [reach] the innermost parts of the belly.

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