20 yWine is a mocker, zstrong drink a brawler,
and whoever ais led astray by it is not wise.1
2 The terror of a king is like bthe growling of a lion;
whoever provokes him to anger cforfeits his life.
3 It is an honor for a man to dkeep aloof from strife,
but every fool will be quarreling.
4 eThe sluggard does not plow in the autumn;
fhe will seek at harvest and have nothing.
5 The purpose in a man’s heart is like gdeep water,
but a man of understanding will draw it out.
6 Many a man hproclaims his own steadfast love,
but ia faithful man who can find?
7 The righteous who jwalks in his integrity—
kblessed are his children after him!
8 lA king who sits on the throne of judgment
mwinnows all evil with his eyes.
9 nWho can say, “I have made my heart pure;
I am clean from my sin”?
10 oUnequal2 weights and unequal measures
are both alike an abomination to the Lord.
11 Even a child pmakes himself known by his acts,
by whether his conduct is pure and upright.3
12 qThe hearing ear and the seeing eye,
rthe Lord has made them both.
13 sLove not sleep, lest you tcome to poverty;
open your eyes, and you will have uplenty of bread.
14 “Bad, bad,” says the buyer,
but when he goes away, then he boasts.
15 There is gold and abundance of vcostly stones,
wbut the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
16 xTake a man’s garment when he has put up security for a stranger,
and yhold it in pledge when he puts up security for foreigners.4
17 zBread gained by deceit is sweet to a man,
but afterward his mouth will be full of agravel.
18 bPlans are established by counsel;
19 Whoever egoes about slandering reveals secrets;
therefore do not associate with fa simple babbler.5
20 gIf one curses his father or his mother,
hhis lamp will be put out in utter darkness.
21 iAn inheritance gained hastily in the beginning
will not be blessed in the end.
22 Do not say, j“I will repay evil”;
kwait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.
23 lUnequal weights are an abomination to the Lord,
and mfalse scales are not good.
24 A man’s nsteps are from the Lord;
how then can man understand his way?
25 It is a snare to say rashly, “It is holy,”
and to reflect only oafter making vows.
26 A wise king pwinnows the wicked
and drives qthe wheel over them.
27 rThe spirit6 of man is the lamp of the Lord,
ssearching all this innermost parts.
28 uSteadfast love and faithfulness preserve the king,
and by steadfast love his vthrone is upheld.
29 The glory of young men is their strength,
but wthe splendor of old men is their gray hair.
30 xBlows that wound cleanse away evil;
strokes make clean tthe innermost parts.
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