Young's Literal Translation

Proverbs 20

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

Proverbs 20:1 Wine [is] a scorner—strong drink [is] noisy, And any going astray in it is not wise. Proverbs 20:2 The fear of a king [is] a growl as of a young lion, He who is causing him to be wroth is wronging his soul. Proverbs 20:3 An honour to a man is cessation from strife, And every fool intermeddleth. Proverbs 20:4 Because of winter the slothful plougheth not, He asketh in harvest, and there is nothing. Proverbs 20:5 Counsel in the heart of a man [is] deep water, And a man of understanding draweth it up. Proverbs 20:6 A multitude of men proclaim each his kindness, And a man of stedfastness who doth find? Proverbs 20:7 The righteous is walking habitually in his integrity, O the happiness of his sons after him! Proverbs 20:8 A king sitting on a throne of judgment, Is scattering with his eyes all evil, Proverbs 20:9 Who saith, 'I have purified my heart, I have been cleansed from my sin?' Proverbs 20:10 A stone and a stone, an ephah and an ephah, Even both of them [are] an abomination to Jehovah. Proverbs 20:11 Even by his actions a youth maketh himself known, Whether his work be pure or upright. Proverbs 20:12 A hearing ear, and a seeing eye, Jehovah hath made even both of them. Proverbs 20:13 Love not sleep, lest thou become poor, Open thine eyes—be satisfied [with] bread. Proverbs 20:14 'Bad, bad,' saith the buyer, And going his way then he boasteth himself. Proverbs 20:15 Substance, gold, and a multitude of rubies, Yea, a precious vessel, [are] lips of knowledge. Proverbs 20:16 Take his garment when a stranger hath been surety, And for strangers pledge it. Proverbs 20:17 Sweet to a man [is] the bread of falsehood, And afterwards is his mouth filled [with] gravel. Proverbs 20:18 Purposes by counsel thou dost establish, And with plans make thou war. Proverbs 20:19 A revealer of secret counsels is the busybody, And for a deceiver [with] his lips make not thyself surety. Proverbs 20:20 Whoso is vilifying his father and his mother, Extinguished is his lamp in blackness of darkness. Proverbs 20:21 An inheritance gotten wrongly at first, Even its latter end is not blessed. Proverbs 20:22 Do not say, 'I recompense evil,' Wait for Jehovah, and He delivereth thee. Proverbs 20:23 An abomination to Jehovah [are] a stone and a stone, And balances of deceit [are] not good. Proverbs 20:24 From Jehovah [are] the steps of a man, And man—how understandeth he his way? Proverbs 20:25 A snare to a man [is] he hath swallowed a holy thing, And after vows to make inquiry. Proverbs 20:26 A wise king is scattering the wicked, And turneth back on them the wheel. Proverbs 20:27 The breath of man [is] a lamp of Jehovah, Searching all the inner parts of the heart. Proverbs 20:28 Kindness and truth keep a king, And he hath supported by kindness his throne. Proverbs 20:29 The beauty of young men is their strength, And the honour of old men is grey hairs. Proverbs 20:30 The bandages of a wound thou removest with the evil, Also the plagues of the inner parts of the heart!

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