||English: New American Standard Bible
Proverbs 20 [Commentary] |
||Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler,
And whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise.
||The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion;
He who provokes him to anger forfeits his own life.
||Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man,
But any fool will quarrel.
||The sluggard does not plow after the autumn,
So he begs during the harvest and has nothing.
||A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water,
But a man of understanding draws it out.
||Many a man proclaims his own loyalty,
But who can find a trustworthy man?
||A righteous man who walks in his integrity--
How blessed are his sons after him.
||A king who sits on the throne of justice
Disperses all evil with his eyes.
||Who can say, "I have cleansed my heart,
I am pure from my sin"?
||Differing weights and differing measures,
Both of them are abominable to the LORD.
||It is by his deeds that a lad distinguishes himself
If his conduct is pure and right.
||The hearing ear and the seeing eye,
The LORD has made both of them.
||Do not love sleep, or you will become poor;
Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with food.
||"Bad, bad," says the buyer,
But when he goes his way, then he boasts.
||There is gold, and an abundance of jewels;
But the lips of knowledge are a more precious thing.
||Take his garment when he becomes surety for a stranger;
And for foreigners, hold him in pledge.
||Bread obtained by falsehood is sweet to a man,
But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.
||Prepare plans by consultation,
And make war by wise guidance.
||He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets,
Therefore do not associate with a gossip.
||He who curses his father or his mother,
His lamp will go out in time of darkness.
||An inheritance gained hurriedly at the beginning
Will not be blessed in the end.
||Do not say, "I will repay evil";
Wait for the LORD, and He will save you.
||Differing weights are an abomination to the LORD,
And a false scale is not good.
||Man's steps are ordained by the LORD,
How then can man understand his way?
||It is a trap for a man to say rashly, "It is holy!"
And after the vows to make inquiry.
||A wise king winnows the wicked,
And drives the threshing wheel over them.
||The spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD,
Searching all the innermost parts of his being.
||Loyalty and truth preserve the king,
And he upholds his throne by righteousness.
||The glory of young men is their strength,
And the honor of old men is their gray hair.
||Stripes that wound scour away evil,
And strokes reach the innermost parts.
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