Proverbs 20 ©
Misuse of wine, v.1. Kings, 2, 8, 26, 28. Contention, 3. Laziness, 4, 13. Counsel, 5, 18. Boasting of one’s own goodness and faithfulness, 6. Uprightness, 7. The sinful state of all men, 9. Weight and measure, 10, 23. Judgment of children’s doings, 11. The hearing ear, and seeing eye, 12. The policy of buyers, 24. The preciousness of wise speeches, 15. Suretyship, 16. Unrighteous gain, 17. Backbiting, 19. Cursing one’s parents, 20. Riches hastily gotten, 21. Desire of revenge, and waiting on the Lord, 22. God rules man’s going, 24. Vows, 25. The soul of man, 27. Youth and old age, 29. Punishment of the wicked, 30.
WINE1is a mocker, 2strong drink is 3raging: and whosoever is deceived 4thereby 5is not wise.
Thea fear 6of a king is as the roaring 7of a lion: whoso 8provoketh 9him to anger sinneth 10against his own soul.
Itb is an honour for a man 11to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.
The sluggard will not plow by reason 12of the cold; therefore shall he 13beg in harvest, and have 14nothing.
15Counselc in the heart of 16man is like 17deep water; but a man of 18understanding will 19draw 20it out.
Most men will proclaim every one his own 21goodness: but a 22faithful man who can find?
The just man walketh in his 23integrity: his children are blessed after him.
A 24king that sitteth 25in the throne of judgment 26scatterethd away all 27evil with his eyes.
Whoe can 28say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?
29Diversf30weights, and 31divers measures, 32both of them are alike abomination to 33the LORD.
Even a child is known 34by his doings, whether 35his work be pure, and whether it be right.
36Theg hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.
Loveh not 37sleep, lest thou come to poverty; 38open thine eyes, and thou shalt be 39satisfied with 40bread.
41It is naught,iit is naught, saith the buyer: but 42when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.
There is gold, and a multitude of 43rubies: butj the 44lips of knowledge are a precious 45jewel.
46Takek47his garment that is surety 48for a 49stranger: and take a pledge of him for 50a strange woman.
Breadl of 51deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth 52shall be filled with 53gravel.
Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.
Hem that goeth about 54as a talebearer revealeth 55secrets: therefore meddle not with him that 56flattereth with his lips.
Whoson curseth his father or his mother, his 57lamp shall be put out 58in obscure darkness.
An 59inheritance may be gotten 60hastily at the beginning;o but the end thereof shall not be blessed.
61Sayp not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.
62Diversq weights are an abom-ination unto the LORD; and a 63false balance 64is not good.
Man’sr65goings 66are of the LORD; hows can a man then understand 67his own way?
It is a 68snare to the man who 69devoureth that which is 70holy, and after vows to make 71enquiry.
A wise king 72scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the 73wheel over them.
The 74spirit of man is the 75candle of the LORD, searching 76all the inward parts of the belly.
77Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.
The glory of young men is their strength: and the 78beauty oft old men is the gray head.
The 79blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripesu80the inward parts of the belly.