20 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler;
And whosoever erreth thereby is not wise.
2The terror of a king is as the roaring of a lion:
He that provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own life.
3It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife;
But every fool will be quarrelling.
4The sluggard will not plow by reason of the winter;
Therefore he shall beg in harvest, and have nothing.
5Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water;
But a man of understanding will draw it out.
6Most men will proclaim every one his own kindness;
But a faithful man who can find?
7A righteous man that walketh in his integrity,
Blessed are his children after him.
8A king that sitteth on the throne of judgment
Scattereth away 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,
Both of them alike are an abomination to Jehovah.
11Even a child maketh himself known by his doings,
Whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.
12The hearing ear, and the seeing eye,
Jehovah hath made even both of them.
13Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty;
Open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
14It is bad, it is bad, saith the buyer;
But when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.
15There is gold, and abundance of rubies;
But the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
16Take his garment that is surety for a stranger;
And hold him in pledge that is surety for foreigners.
17Bread of falsehood is sweet to a man;
But afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.
18Every purpose is established by counsel;
And by wise guidance make thou war.
19He that goeth about as a tale-bearer revealeth secrets;
Therefore company not with him that openeth wide his lips.
20Whoso curseth his father or his mother,
His lamp shall be put out in blackness of darkness.
21An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning;
But the end thereof shall not be blessed.
22Say not thou, I will recompense evil:
Wait for Jehovah, and he will save thee.
23Diverse weights are an abomination to Jehovah;
And a false balance is not good.
24A man’s goings are of Jehovah;
How then can man understand his way?
25It is a snare to a man rashly to say, It is holy,
And after vows to make inquiry.
26A wise king winnoweth the wicked,
And bringeth the threshing-wheel over them.
27The spirit of man is the lamp of Jehovah,
Searching all his innermost parts.
28Kindness and truth preserve the king;
And his throne is upholden by kindness.
29The glory of young men is their strength;
And the beauty of old men is the hoary head.
30Stripes that wound cleanse away evil;
And strokes reach the innermost parts.
About American Standard Version
The ASV has long been regarded by many scholars as the most literal English translation since the King James Version—maybe the most literal translation ever. This has made the translation very popular for careful English Bible study, but not for ease of reading. While the KJV was translated entirely from “western manuscripts,” the ASV 1901 was influenced also by the older “eastern manuscripts” that form the basis for most of our modern English translations. Because the ASV 1901 is very difficult to find in print, Logos is pleased to be able to preserve and distribute this significant work. This is an excellent choice for comparative English study.