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Chapter 20

20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is riotous; and whosoever reeleth thereby is not wise.

20:2 The terror of a king is as the roaring of a lion: he that provoketh him to anger forfeiteth his life.

20:3 It is an honour for a man to keep aloof from strife; but every fool will be snarling.

20:4 The sluggard will not plow when winter setteth in; therefore he shall 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 He that walketh in his integrity as a just man, happy are his children 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 sin'?

20:10 Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them alike are abomination to the Lord.

20:11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be 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 thine eyes, and thou shalt have bread in plenty.

20:14 'It is bad, it is bad', saith the buyer; but when he is gone his way, 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 hold him in pledge that is surety for an alien woman.

20:17 Bread of falsehood 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 carry on war.

20:19 He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets; therefore meddle not with him that openeth wide his lips.

20:20 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in the blackest darkness.

20:21 An estate may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.

20:22 Say not thou: 'I will requite evil'; wait for the Lord, and He will save thee.

20:23 Divers weights are an abomination to the Lord; and a false balance is not good.

20:24 A man's goings are of the Lord; how then can man look to his way?

20:25 It is a snare to a man rashly to say: 'Holy', and after vows to make inquiry.

20:26 A wise king sifteth the wicked, and turneth the wheel over them.

20:27 The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all the inward parts.

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 hoary head.

20:30 Sharp wounds cleanse away evil; so do stripes that reach the inward parts.

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