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Proverbs 20


On Life and Conduct

Proverbs 20:1   Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, And whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise.
Proverbs 20:2   The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion; He who provokes him to anger forfeits his own life.
Proverbs 20:3   Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, But any fool will quarrel.
Proverbs 20:4   The sluggard does not plow after the autumn, So he begs during the harvest and has nothing.
Proverbs 20:5   A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water, But a man of understanding draws it out.
Proverbs 20:6   Many a man proclaims his own loyalty, But who can find a trustworthy man?
Proverbs 20:7   A righteous man who walks in his integrity-- How blessed are his sons after him.
Proverbs 20:8   A king who sits on the throne of justice Disperses all evil with his eyes.
Proverbs 20:9   Who can say, "I have cleansed my heart, I am pure from my sin"?
Proverbs 20:10   Differing weights and differing measures, Both of them are abominable to the LORD.
Proverbs 20:11   It is by his deeds that a lad distinguishes himself If his conduct is pure and right.
Proverbs 20:12   The hearing ear and the seeing eye, The LORD has made both of them.
Proverbs 20:13   Do not love sleep, or you will become poor; Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with food.
Proverbs 20:14   "Bad, bad," says the buyer, But when he goes his way, then he boasts.
Proverbs 20:15   There is gold, and an abundance of jewels; But the lips of knowledge are a more precious thing.
Proverbs 20:16   Take his garment when he becomes surety for a stranger; And for foreigners, hold him in pledge.
Proverbs 20:17   Bread obtained by falsehood is sweet to a man, But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.
Proverbs 20:18   Prepare plans by consultation, And make war by wise guidance.
Proverbs 20:19   He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, Therefore do not associate with a gossip.
Proverbs 20:20   He who curses his father or his mother, His lamp will go out in time of darkness.
Proverbs 20:21   An inheritance gained hurriedly at the beginning Will not be blessed in the end.
Proverbs 20:22   Do not say, "I will repay evil"; Wait for the LORD, and He will save you.
Proverbs 20:23   Differing weights are an abomination to the LORD, And a false scale is not good.
Proverbs 20:24   Man's steps are ordained by the LORD, How then can man understand his way?
Proverbs 20:25   It is a trap for a man to say rashly, "It is holy!" And after the vows to make inquiry.
Proverbs 20:26   A wise king winnows the wicked, And drives the threshing wheel over them.
Proverbs 20:27   The spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD, Searching all the innermost parts of his being.
Proverbs 20:28   Loyalty and truth preserve the king, And he upholds his throne by righteousness.
Proverbs 20:29   The glory of young men is their strength, And the honor of old men is their gray hair.
Proverbs 20:30   Stripes that wound scour away evil, And strokes reach the innermost parts.
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