13 (A)Do not love sleep, or you will become poor;
Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with [a]food.
14 “Bad, bad,” says the buyer,
But when he goes his way, then he boasts.
15 There is gold, and an abundance of [b]jewels;
But lips of knowledge are a more precious thing.
16 Take his garment when he becomes guarantor for a stranger;
And for foreigners, seize a pledge from him.
17 (B)Bread obtained by a lie is sweet to a person,
But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.
18 Prepare (C)plans by consultation,
And (D)make war by wise guidance.
19 One who (E)goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets;
Therefore do not associate with [c](F)a gossip.
20 He who (G)curses his father or his mother,
His (H)lamp will go out in time of darkness.
21 An inheritance gained in a hurry at the beginning
Will not be blessed in the end.
22 (I)Do not say, “I will repay evil”;
(J)Wait for the Lord, and He will save you.
23 [d](K)Differing weights are an abomination to the Lord,
And a [e](L)false scale is not good.

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  1. Proverbs 20:13 Lit bread
  2. Proverbs 20:15 Or corals
  3. Proverbs 20:19 Lit one who opens his lips
  4. Proverbs 20:23 Lit A stone and a stone
  5. Proverbs 20:23 Lit balance of deceit

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