Proverbs 20

Proverbs 20

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1 Wine produces mockers; liquor leads to brawls. Whoever is led astray by drink cannot be wise.

2 The king's fury is like a lion's roar; to rouse his anger is to risk your life.

3 Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor; only fools insist on quarreling.

4 If you are too lazy to plow in the right season, you will have no food at the harvest.

5 Though good advice lies deep within a person's heart, the wise will draw it out.

6 Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is really faithful?

7 The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children after them.

8 When a king judges, he carefully weighs all the evidence, distinguishing the bad from the good.

9 Who can say, "I have cleansed my heart; I am pure and free from sin"?

10 The LORD despises double standards of every kind.

11 Even children are known by the way they act, whether their conduct is pure and right.

12 Ears to hear and eyes to see--both are gifts from the LORD.

13 If you love sleep, you will end in poverty. Keep your eyes open, and there will be plenty to eat!

14 The buyer haggles over the price, saying, "It's worthless," then brags about getting a bargain!

15 Wise speech is rarer and more valuable than gold and rubies.

16 Be sure to get collateral from anyone who guarantees the debt of a stranger. Get a deposit if someone guarantees the debt of a foreigner.*1

17 Stolen bread tastes sweet, but it turns to gravel in the mouth.

18 Plans succeed through good counsel; don't go to war without the advice of others.

19 A gossip tells secrets, so don't hang around with someone who talks too much.

20 If you curse your father or mother, the lamp of your life will be snuffed out.

21 An inheritance obtained early in life is not a blessing in the end.

22 Don't say, "I will get even for this wrong." Wait for the LORD to handle the matter.

23 The LORD despises double standards; he is not pleased by dishonest scales.

24 How can we understand the road we travel? It is the LORD who directs our steps.

25 It is dangerous to make a rash promise to God before counting the cost.

26 A wise king finds the wicked, lays them out like wheat, then runs the crushing wheel over them.

27 The LORD's searchlight penetrates the human spirit,* exposing every hidden motive.2

28 Unfailing love and faithfulness protect the king; his throne is made secure through love.

29 The glory of the young is their strength; the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old.

30 Physical punishment cleanses away evil;* such discipline purifies the heart.3

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1: An alternate reading in the Hebrew text is the debt of an adulterous woman; compare 27:13.

2: Or The human spirit is the LORD's searchlight.

3: The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.

New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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