American Standard Version
Proverbs, Chapter 20

   1: Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler; And whosoever erreth thereby is not wise.
   2: The terror of a king is as the roaring of a lion: He that provoketh him to anger sinneth [against] his own life.
   3: It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife; But every fool will be quarrelling.
   4: The sluggard will not plow by reason of the winter; Therefore he shall beg in harvest, and have nothing.
   5: Counsel in the heart of man is [like] deep water; But a man of understanding will draw it out.
   6: Most men will proclaim every one his own kindness; But a faithful man who can find?
   7: A righteous man that walketh in his integrity, Blessed are his children after him.
   8: A king that sitteth on the throne of judgment Scattereth away all evil with his eyes.
   9: Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?
   10: Diverse weights, and diverse measures, Both of them alike are an abomination to Jehovah.
   11: Even a child maketh himself known by his doings, Whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.
   12: The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, Jehovah hath made even both of them.
   13: Love not sleep, let thou come to poverty; Open thine eyes, [and] thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
   14: It is bad, it is bad, saith the buyer; But when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.
   15: There is gold, and abundance of rubies; But the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
   16: Take his garment that is surety for a stranger; And hold him in pledge [that is surety] for foreigners.
   17: Bread of falsehood is sweet to a man; But afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.
   18: Every purpose is established by counsel; And by wise guidance make thou war.
   19: He that goeth about as a tale-bearer revealeth secrets; Therefore company not with him that openeth wide his lips.
   20: Whoso curseth his father or his mother, His lamp shall be put out in blackness of darkness.
   21: An inheritance [may be] gotten hastily at the beginning; But the end thereof shall not be blessed.
   22: Say not thou, I will recompense evil: Wait for Jehovah, and he will save thee.
   23: Diverse weights are an abomination to Jehovah; And a false balance is not good.
   24: A man's goings are of Jehovah; How then can man understand his way?
   25: It is a snare to a man rashly to say, [It is] holy, And after vows to make inquiry.
   26: A wise king winnoweth the wicked, And bringeth the [threshing] -wheel over them.
   27: The spirit of man is the lamp of Jehovah, Searching all his innermost parts.
   28: Kindness and truth preserve the king; And his throne is upholden by kindness.
   29: The glory of young men is their strength; And the beauty of old men is the hoary head.
   30: Stripes that wound cleanse away evil; And strokes [reach] the innermost parts.

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