Proverbs 20
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1Wine [is] a scorner—strong drink [is] noisy, "" And any going astray in it is not wise.

2The fear of a king [is] a growl as of a young lion, "" He who is causing him to be angry is wronging his soul.

3Cessation from strife is an honor to a man, "" And every fool interferes.

4The slothful does not plow because of winter, "" He asks in harvest, and there is nothing.

5Counsel in the heart of a man [is] deep water, "" And a man of understanding draws it up.

6A multitude of men each proclaim his kindness, "" And a man of steadfastness who finds?

7The righteous is habitually walking in his integrity, "" O the blessedness of his sons after him!

8A king sitting on a throne of judgment, "" Is scattering all evil with his eyes,

9Who says, “I have purified my heart, "" I have been cleansed from my sin?”

10A stone and a stone, an ephah and an ephah, "" Even both of them [are] an abomination to YHWH.

11Even by his actions a youth makes himself known, "" Whether his work is pure or upright.

12A hearing ear, and a seeing eye—YHWH has even made both of them.

13Do not love sleep, lest you become poor, "" Open your eyes—be satisfied [with] bread.

14“Bad, bad,” says the buyer, "" And then he boasts himself going his way.

15Substance, gold, and a multitude of rubies, "" Indeed, a precious vessel, [are] lips of knowledge.

16When a stranger has been guarantor, take his garment, "" And pledge it for strangers.

17The bread of falsehood [is] sweet to a man, "" And afterward his mouth is filled [with] gravel.

18You establish purposes by counsel, "" And with plans you make war.

19The busybody is a revealer of secret counsels, "" And do not make yourself guarantor for a deceiver [with] his lips.

20Whoever is vilifying his father and his mother, his lamp is extinguished in blackness of darkness.

21An inheritance gotten wrongly at first, "" Even its latter end is not blessed.

22Do not say, “I repay evil,” "" Wait for YHWH, and He delivers you.

23A stone and a stone [are] an abomination to YHWH, "" And balances of deceit [are] not good.

24The steps of a man [are] from YHWH, "" And man—how does he understand his way?

25A snare to a man [that] he has swallowed a holy thing, "" And to make inquiry after vows.

26A wise king is scattering the wicked, "" And turns the wheel back on them.

27The breath of man [is] a lamp of YHWH, "" Searching all the inner parts of the heart.

28Kindness and truth keep a king, "" And he has supported his throne by kindness.

29The beauty of young men is their strength, "" And the honor of old men is grey hairs.

30Blows that wound cleanse away evil, "" Also the scourges of the inner parts of the heart!

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Proverbs 19
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