Proverbs Chapter 20 |
1Wine is a scoffer, strong drink a roisterer;
He who is muddled by them will not grow wise.
2The terror of a king is like the roar of a lion;
He who provokes his anger risks his life.
3It is honorable for a man to desist from strife,
But every fool becomes embroiled.
4In winter the lazy man does not plow;
At harvesttime he seeks, and finds nothing.
5The designs in a man’s mind are deep waters,
But a man of understanding can draw them out.
6He calls many a man his loyal friend,
But who can find a faithful man?
7The righteous man lives blamelessly;
Happy are his children who come after him.
8The king seated on the throne of judgment
Can winnow out all evil by his glance.
9Who can say, “I have cleansed my heart,
I am purged of my sin”?
10False weights and false measures,
Both are an abomination to the Lord.
11A child may be dissembling in his behavior
Even though his actions are blameless and proper.
12The ear that hears, the eye that sees—
The Lord made them both.
13Do not love sleep lest you be impoverished;
Keep your eyes open and you will have plenty of food.
14“Bad, bad,” says the buyer,
But having moved off, he congratulates himself.
15Gold is plentiful, jewels abundant,
But wise speech is a precious object.
16Seize his garment, for he stood surety for another;
Take it as a pledge, [for he stood surety] for an unfamiliar woman.
17Bread gained by fraud may be tasty to a man,
But later his mouth will be filled with gravel.
18Plans laid in council will succeed;
Wage war with stratagems.
19He who gives away secrets is a base fellow;
Do not take up with a garrulous man.
20One who reviles his father or mother,
Light will fail him when darkness comes.
21An estate acquired in haste at the outset
Will not be blessed in the end.
22Do not say, “I will requite evil”;
Put your hope in the Lord and He will deliver you.
23False weights are an abomination to the Lord;
Dishonest scales are not right.
24A man’s steps are decided by the Lord;
What does a man know about his own way?
25It is a snare for a man to pledge a sacred gift rashly
And to give thought to his vows only after they have been made.
26A wise king winnows out the wicked,
And turns the wheel upon them.
27The lifebreath of man is the lamp of the Lord
Revealing all his inmost parts.
28Faithfulness and loyalty protect the king;
He maintains his throne by faithfulness.
29The glory of youths is their strength;
The majesty of old men is their gray hair.
30Bruises and wounds are repayment for evil,
Striking at one’s inmost parts.