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Proverbs 20

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

Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker and strong drinke is raging: and whosoeuer is deceiued thereby, is not wise. Proverbs 20:2 The feare of the King is like the roaring of a lyon: hee that prouoketh him vnto anger, sinneth against his owne soule. Proverbs 20:3 It is a mans honour to cease from strife: but euery foole will be medling. Proverbs 20:4 The slouthfull will not plowe, because of winter: therefore shal he beg in sommer, but haue nothing. Proverbs 20:5 The counsell in the heart of man is like deepe waters: but a man that hath vnderstanding, will drawe it out. Proverbs 20:6 Many men wil boast, euery one of his owne goodnes: but who can finde a faithfull man? Proverbs 20:7 He that walketh in his integritie, is iust: and blessed shall his children be after him. Proverbs 20:8 A King that sitteth in the throne of iudgement, chaseth away all euill with his eyes. Proverbs 20:9 Who can say, I haue made mine heart cleane, I am cleane from my sinne? Proverbs 20:10 Diuers weightes, & diuers measures, both these are euen abomination vnto the Lord. Proverbs 20:11 A childe also is knowen by his doings, whether his worke be pure and right. Proverbs 20:12 The Lord hath made both these, euen the eare to heare, and the eye to see. Proverbs 20:13 Loue not sleepe least thou come vnto pouertie: open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread. Proverbs 20:14 It is naught, it is naught, sayth the buyer: but when he is gone apart, he boasteth. Proverbs 20:15 There is golde, and a multitude of precious stones: but the lips of knowledge are a precious iewel. Proverbs 20:16 Take his garment, that is suretie for a stranger, and a pledge of him for the stranger. Proverbs 20:17 The bread of deceit is sweete to a man: but afterward his mouth shalbe filled with grauel. Proverbs 20:18 Establish the thoughtes by counsell: and by counsell make warre. Proverbs 20:19 He that goeth about as a slanderer, discouereth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips. Proverbs 20:20 He that curseth his father or his mother, his light shalbe put out in obscure darkenes. Proverbs 20:21 An heritage is hastely gotten at the beginning, but the end thereof shall not be blessed. Proverbs 20:22 Say not thou, I wil recompense euill: but waite vpon the Lord, and he shall saue thee. Proverbs 20:23 Diuers weightes are an abomination vnto the Lord, and deceitful balances are not good. Proverbs 20:24 The steps of man are ruled by the Lord: how can a man then vnderstand his owne way? Proverbs 20:25 It is a destruction for a man to deuoure that which is sanctified, and after the vowes to inquire. Proverbs 20:26 A wise King scattereth the wicked, & causeth the wheele to turne ouer them. Proverbs 20:27 The light of the Lorde is the breath of man, and searcheth all the bowels of the belly. Proverbs 20:28 Mercie and trueth preserue the King: for his throne shall be established with mercie. Proverbs 20:29 The beautie of yong men is their strength, and the glory of the aged is the gray head. Proverbs 20:30 The blewnes of the wound serueth to purge the euill, and the stripes within the bowels of the belly.

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