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20 aWine is a bmocker, strong drink is raging:

And whosoever cis deceived thereby is not wise.

The fear of a king is das the roaring of a lion:

Whoso provoketh him to anger esinneth against his own soul.

It is an honour for a man fto cease from strife:

But every fool fwill be meddling.

gThe sluggard will not plow by reason of the ||cold;

Therefore shall he hbeg in harvest, and ihave nothing.

Counsel in the heart of man is like ldeep water;

But a man of understanding will mdraw it out.

nMost men will proclaim every one his own ||goodness:

But a ofaithful man who can find?

The just man pwalketh in his integrity:

qHis children are blessed after him.

A rking that sitteth in the throne of judgment

rScattereth away all evil with his eyes.

sWho can say, I have made my heart tclean,

I am pure from my sin?

10  uDivers weights, and divers measures,

Both of them are alike abomination to the Lord.

11  Even a child is wknown by his doings,

Whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.

12  xThe hearing ear, and the seeing eye,

yThe Lord hath made even both of them.

13  zLove not sleep, lest thou come to poverty;

aOpen thine eyes, and thou shalt be bsatisfied with bread.

14  It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer:

But when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.

15  cThere is gold, and a multitude of drubies:

But the lips of knowledge are a eprecious jewel.

16  fTake his garment that is surety for a stranger:

fAnd gtake a pledge of him for a hstrange woman.

17  Bread of deceit is sweet to a man;

But afterwards his mouth shall be filled with igravel.

18  kEvery purpose is established by counsel:

And with lgood advice mmake war.

19  nHe that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets:

Therefore meddle not with ohim that ||flattereth with his lips.

20  pWhoso curseth his father or his mother,

qHis ||lamp shall be rput out in sobscure darkness.

21  tAn inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning;

But uthe end thereof shall not be blessed.

22  xSay not thou, I will recompense evil;

But ywait on the Lord, and he shall save thee.

23  zDivers weights are an abomination unto the Lord;

And a false balance is not good.

24  aMan’s goings are of the Lord;

How can a man then understand his own way?

25  It is a snare to the man who bdevoureth that which is holy,

And cafter vows to make inquiry.

26  A wise king dscattereth the wicked,

And bringeth ethe wheel over them.

27  fThe spirit of man is the ||candle of the Lord,

gSearching all hthe inward parts of the belly.

28  iMercy and truth preserve the king:

And khis throne is upholden by mercy.

29  The glory of young men is their strength:

And lthe beauty of old men is the gray head.

30  mThe blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil:

nSo do stripes hthe inward parts of the belly.

KJV 1900

About King James Version

This King James Version is based upon the Pure Cambridge Edition first published around 1900. It has been carefully typeset to remove any typographical errors and accurately reflects the original text.

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