Mishlei 20

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Mishlei (Book of Proverbs), Chapter 20

'"`UNIQ--named-00000000-QINU`"'1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is riotous; and whosoever reeleth thereby is not wise.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000001-QINU`"'2 The terror of a king is as the roaring of a lion: he that provoketh him to anger forfeiteth his life.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000002-QINU`"'3 It is an honour for a man to keep aloof from strife; but every fool will be snarling.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000003-QINU`"'4 The sluggard will not plow when winter setteth in; therefore he shall beg in harvest, and have nothing.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000004-QINU`"'5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000005-QINU`"'6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness; but a faithful man who can find?

'"`UNIQ--named-00000006-QINU`"'7 He that walketh in his integrity as a just man, happy are his children after him.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000007-QINU`"'8 A king that sitteth on the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000008-QINU`"'9 Who can say: 'I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin'?

'"`UNIQ--named-00000009-QINU`"'10 Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them alike are abomination to HaShem.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000A-QINU`"'11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000B-QINU`"'12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, HaShem hath made even both of them.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000C-QINU`"'13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt have bread in plenty.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000D-QINU`"'14 'It is bad, it is bad', saith the buyer; but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000E-QINU`"'15 There is gold, and a multitude of rubies; but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000000F-QINU`"'16 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger; and hold him in pledge that is surety for an alien woman.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000010-QINU`"'17 Bread of falsehood is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000011-QINU`"'18 Every purpose is established by counsel; and with good advice carry on war.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000012-QINU`"'19 He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets; therefore meddle not with him that openeth wide his lips.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000013-QINU`"'20 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in the blackest darkness.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000014-QINU`"'21 An estate may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000015-QINU`"'22 Say not thou: 'I will requite evil'; wait for HaShem, and He will save thee.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000016-QINU`"'23 Divers weights are an abomination to HaShem; and a false balance is not good.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000017-QINU`"'24 A man's goings are of HaShem; how then can man look to his way?

'"`UNIQ--named-00000018-QINU`"'25 It is a snare to a man rashly to say: 'Holy', and after vows to make inquiry.

'"`UNIQ--named-00000019-QINU`"'26 A wise king sifteth the wicked, and turneth the wheel over them.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000001A-QINU`"'27 The spirit of man is the lamp of HaShem, searching all the inward parts.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000001B-QINU`"'28 Mercy and truth preserve the king; and his throne is upheld by mercy.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000001C-QINU`"'29 The glory of young men is their strength; and the beauty of old men is the hoary head.

'"`UNIQ--named-0000001D-QINU`"'30 Sharp wounds cleanse away evil; so do stripes that reach the inward parts.

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Portions © 1997 by Benyamin Pilant. Portions © 1998 by Larry Nelson.