20:1 Wine [is] a mocker, strong drink [is] raging: and whoever
is deceived by it is not wise.
20:2 The fear of a king [is] as the roaring of a lion: [whoever]
provoketh him to anger sinneth [against] his own soul.
20:3 [It is] an honor for a man to cease from strife: but every
fool will be meddling.
20:4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold;
[therefore] shall he beg in harvest, and [have] nothing.
20:5 Counsel in the heart of man [is like] deep water; but a man
of understanding will draw it out.
20:6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a
faithful man who can find?
20:7 The just [man] walketh in his integrity: his children [are]
blessed after him.
20:8 A king that sitteth on the throne of judgment scattereth
away all evil with his eyes.
20:9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my
20:10 Divers weights, [and] divers measures, both of them [are]
alike abomination to the LORD.
20:11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work [is]
pure, and whether [it is] right.
20:12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made
even both of them.
20:13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thy eyes,
[and] thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
20:14 [It is] naught, [it is] naught, saith the buyer: but when
he is gone, then he boasteth.
20:15 There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of
knowledge [are] a precious jewel.
20:16 Take his garment that is surety [for] a stranger: and take
a pledge of him for a strange woman.
20:17 Bread of deceit [is] sweet to a man; but afterwards his
mouth shall be filled with gravel.
20:18 [Every] purpose is established by counsel: and with good
advice make war.
20:19 He that goeth about [as] a tale-bearer revealeth secrets;
therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.
20:20 Whoever curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall
be put out in obscure darkness.
20:21 An inheritance [may be] gotten hastily at the beginning;
but the end of it shall not be blessed.
20:22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil; [but] wait on the
LORD, and he shall save thee.
20:23 Divers weights [are] an abomination to the LORD; and a
false balance [is] not good.
20:24 Man's goings [are] of the LORD; how can a man then
understand his own way?
20:25 [It is] a snare to the man [who] devoureth [that which is]
holy, and after vows to make inquiry.
20:26 A wise king scatterreth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel
20:27 The spirit of man [is] the candle of the LORD, searching
all the inward parts of the belly.
20:28 Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is
upheld by mercy.
20:29 The glory of young men [is] their strength: and the beauty
of old men [is] the gray head.
20:30 The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so [do]
stripes the inward parts of the belly.