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The New King James Version

Proverbs 20:16–24

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16 mTake the garment of one who is surety for a stranger,

And hold it as a pledge when it is for a seductress.

17 nBread gained by deceit is sweet to a man,

But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.

18 oPlans are established by counsel;

pBy wise counsel wage war.

19 qHe who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets;

Therefore do not associate with one rwho flatters with his lips.

20 sWhoever curses his father or his mother,

tHis lamp will be put out in deep darkness.

21 uAn inheritance gained hastily at the beginning

vWill not be blessed at the end.

22 wDo not say, “I will 4recompense evil”;

xWait for the Lord, and He will save you.

23 Diverse weights are an abomination to the Lord,

And dishonest scales are not good.

24 A man’s steps are of the Lord;

How then can a man understand his own way?

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