Proverbs 20-21

20Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler,
and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.
2The dread anger of a king is like the growling of a lion;
anyone who provokes him to anger forfeits life itself.
3It is honorable to refrain from strife,
but every fool is quick to quarrel.
4The lazy person does not plow in season;
harvest comes, and there is nothing to be found.
5The purposes in the human mind are like deep water,
but the intelligent will draw them out.
6Many proclaim themselves loyal,
but who can find one worthy of trust?
7The righteous walk in integrity—
happy are the children who follow them!
8A king who sits on the throne of judgment
winnows all evil with his eyes.
9Who can say, “I have made my heart clean;
I am pure from my sin”?
10Diverse weights and diverse measures
are both alike an abomination to the Lord.
11Even children make themselves known by their acts,
by whether what they do is pure and right.
12The hearing ear and the seeing eye—
the Lord has made them both.
13Do not love sleep, or else you will come to poverty;
open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.
14“Bad, bad,” says the buyer,
then goes away and boasts.
15There is gold, and abundance of costly stones;
but the lips informed by knowledge are a precious jewel.
16Take the garment of one who has given surety for a stranger;
seize the pledge given as surety for foreigners.
17Bread gained by deceit is sweet,
but afterward the mouth will be full of gravel.
18Plans are established by taking advice;
wage war by following wise guidance.
19A gossip reveals secrets;
therefore do not associate with a babbler.
20If you curse father or mother,
your lamp will go out in utter darkness.
21An estate quickly acquired in the beginning
will not be blessed in the end.
22Do not say, “I will repay evil”;
wait for the Lord, and he will help you.
23Differing weights are an abomination to the Lord,
and false scales are not good.
24All our steps are ordered by the Lord;
how then can we understand our own ways?
25It is a snare for one to say rashly, “It is holy,”
and begin to reflect only after making a vow.
26A wise king winnows the wicked,
and drives the wheel over them.
27The human spirit is the lamp of the Lord,
searching every inmost part.
28Loyalty and faithfulness preserve the king,
and his throne is upheld by righteousness.
29The glory of youths is their strength,
but the beauty of the aged is their gray hair.
30Blows that wound cleanse away evil;
beatings make clean the innermost parts.
21The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord;
he turns it wherever he will.
2All deeds are right in the sight of the doer,
but the Lord weighs the heart.
3To do righteousness and justice
is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
4Haughty eyes and a proud heart—
the lamp of the wicked—are sin.
5The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance,
but everyone who is hasty comes only to want.
6The getting of treasures by a lying tongue
is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death.
7The violence of the wicked will sweep them away,
because they refuse to do what is just.
8The way of the guilty is crooked,
but the conduct of the pure is right.
9It is better to live in a corner of the housetop
than in a house shared with a contentious wife.
10The souls of the wicked desire evil;
their neighbors find no mercy in their eyes.
11When a scoffer is punished, the simple become wiser;
when the wise are instructed, they increase in knowledge.
12The Righteous One observes the house of the wicked;
he casts the wicked down to ruin.
13If you close your ear to the cry of the poor,
you will cry out and not be heard.
14A gift in secret averts anger;
and a concealed bribe in the bosom, strong wrath.
15When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous,
but dismay to evildoers.
16Whoever wanders from the way of understanding
will rest in the assembly of the dead.
17Whoever loves pleasure will suffer want;
whoever loves wine and oil will not be rich.
18The wicked is a ransom for the righteous,
and the faithless for the upright.
19It is better to live in a desert land
than with a contentious and fretful wife.
20Precious treasure remains in the house of the wise,
but the fool devours it.
21Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness
will find life and honor.
22One wise person went up against a city of warriors
and brought down the stronghold in which they trusted.
23To watch over mouth and tongue
is to keep out of trouble.
24The proud, haughty person, named “Scoffer,”
acts with arrogant pride.
25The craving of the lazy person is fatal,
for lazy hands refuse to labor.
26All day long the wicked covet,
but the righteous give and do not hold back.
27The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination;
how much more when brought with evil intent.
28A false witness will perish,
but a good listener will testify successfully.
29The wicked put on a bold face,
but the upright give thought to their ways.
30No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel,
can avail against the Lord.
31The horse is made ready for the day of battle,
but the victory belongs to the Lord.

From the oremus Bible Browser http://bible.oremus.org v2.2.8 14 July 2018.


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