20 (A)Wine is a mocker, (B)strong drink a brawler,
    and whoever (C)is led astray by it is not wise.[a]
The terror of a king is like (D)the growling of a lion;
    whoever provokes him to anger (E)forfeits his life.
It is an honor for a man to (F)keep aloof from strife,
    but every fool will be quarreling.
(G)The sluggard does not plow in the autumn;
    (H)he will seek at harvest and have nothing.
The purpose in a man's heart is like (I)deep water,
    but a man of understanding will draw it out.
Many a man (J)proclaims his own steadfast love,
    but (K)a faithful man who can find?
The righteous who (L)walks in his integrity—
    (M)blessed are his children after him!
(N)A king who sits on the throne of judgment
    (O)winnows all evil with his eyes.
(P)Who can say, “I have made my heart pure;
    I am clean from my sin”?
10 (Q)Unequal[b] weights and unequal measures
    are both alike an abomination to the Lord.
11 Even a child (R)makes himself known by his acts,
    by whether his conduct is pure and upright.[c]
12 (S)The hearing ear and the seeing eye,
    (T)the Lord has made them both.
13 (U)Love not sleep, lest you (V)come to poverty;
    open your eyes, and you will have (W)plenty of bread.
14 “Bad, bad,” says the buyer,
    but when he goes away, then he boasts.
15 There is gold and abundance of (X)costly stones,
    (Y)but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
16 (Z)Take a man's garment when he has put up security for a stranger,
    and (AA)hold it in pledge when he puts up security for foreigners.[d]
17 (AB)Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man,
    but afterward his mouth will be full of (AC)gravel.
18 (AD)Plans are established by counsel;
    by (AE)wise guidance (AF)wage war.
19 Whoever (AG)goes about slandering reveals secrets;
    therefore do not associate with (AH)a simple babbler.[e]
20 (AI)If one curses his father or his mother,
    (AJ)his lamp will be put out in utter darkness.
21 (AK)An inheritance gained hastily in the beginning
    will not be blessed in the end.
22 Do not say, (AL)“I will repay evil”;
    (AM)wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.
23 (AN)Unequal weights are an abomination to the Lord,
    and (AO)false scales are not good.
24 A man's (AP)steps are from the Lord;
    how then can man understand his way?
25 It is a snare to say rashly, “It is holy,”
    and to reflect only (AQ)after making vows.
26 A wise king (AR)winnows the wicked
    and drives (AS)the wheel over them.
27 (AT)The spirit[f] of man is the lamp of the Lord,
    (AU)searching all (AV)his innermost parts.
28 (AW)Steadfast love and faithfulness preserve the king,
    and by steadfast love his (AX)throne is upheld.
29 The glory of young men is their strength,
    but (AY)the splendor of old men is their gray hair.
30 (AZ)Blows that wound cleanse away evil;
    strokes make clean (BA)the innermost parts.

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Footnotes

  1. Proverbs 20:1 Or will not become wise
  2. Proverbs 20:10 Or Two kinds of; also verse 23
  3. Proverbs 20:11 Or Even a child can dissemble in his actions, though his conduct seems pure and upright
  4. Proverbs 20:16 Or for an adulteress (compare 27:13)
  5. Proverbs 20:19 Hebrew with one who is simple in his lips
  6. Proverbs 20:27 Hebrew breath

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