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20 Wine is a mocker,n beer is a brawler;

whoever goes astrayE because of them is not wise.

A king’s terrible wrath is like the roaring of a lion;

anyone who provokes him endangers himself.o

Honor belongs to the person who ends a dispute,p

but any fool can get himself into a quarrel.q

The slacker does not plow during planting season;F

at harvest time he looks,G and there is nothing.r

Counsel in a person’s heart is deep water;s

but a person of understanding draws it out.

Many a person proclaims his own loyalty,

but who can find a trustworthy person?t

A righteous person acts with integrity;u

his children who come after him will be happy.v

A king sitting on a throne to judge

separates out all evil with his eyes.w

Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure;

I am cleansed from my sin”?x

10 Differing weights and varying measuresH

both are detestable to the Lord.y

11 Even a young man is known by his actions—

by whether his behavior is pure and upright.z

12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye—

the Lord made them both.a

13 Don’t love sleep, or you will become poor;

open your eyes, and you’ll have enough to eat.b

14 “It’s worthless, it’s worthless!” the buyer says,

but after he is on his way, he gloats.

15 There is gold and a multitude of jewels,

but knowledgeable lips are a rare treasure.c

16 Take his garment,

for he has put up security for a stranger;

get collateral if it is for foreigners.d

17 Food gained by fraud is sweet to a person,e

but afterward his mouth is full of gravel.*

18 Finalize plans with counsel,f

and wage war with sound guidance.g

19 The one who reveals secrets is a constant gossip;h

avoid someone with a big mouth.i

20 Whoever curses his father or motherj

his lamp will go out in deep darkness.k

21 An inheritance gained prematurely

will not be blessed ultimately.l

22 Don’t say, “I will avenge this evil!”m

Wait on the Lord,n and he will rescue you.o

23 Differing weightsA are detestable to the Lord,p

and dishonest scalesq are unfair.

24 Even a courageous person’s steps are determined by the Lord,r

so how can anyone understand his own way?

25 It is a trap for anyone to dedicate something rashly

and later to reconsider his vows.s

26 A wise king separates out the wickedt

and drives the threshing wheelu over them.

27 The Lord’s lamp sheds light on a person’s life,B

searching the innermost parts.C,v

28 Loyalty and faithfulness guard a king;

through loyalty he maintains his throne.

29 The glory of young men is their strength,

and the splendor of old men is gray hair.w

30 Lashes and wounds purge away evil,x

and beatings cleanse the innermost parts.D


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The Christian Standard Bible (CSB) is a highly trustworthy, faithful translation that is proven to be the optimal blend of accuracy and readability. It’s as literal to the original as possible without sacrificing clarity. The CSB is poised to become the translation that pastors rely on and Bible readers turn to again and again to read and to share with others.

The CSB is an original translation: more than 100 scholars from 17 denominations translated directly from the best available Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic source texts into English. Its source texts are the standard used by scholars and seminaries today.

The CSB is trustworthy: the conservative, evangelical scholars of the CSB affirm the authority of Scripture as the inerrant Word of God and seek the highest level of faithfulness to the original and accuracy in their translation. These scholars and LifeWay, the non-profit ministry that stewards the CSB, also champion the Bible against cultural trends that would compromise its truths.

The CSB is clear: it is as literal a translation of the ancient source texts as possible, but, in the many places throughout Scripture where a word-for-word rendering might obscure the meaning for a modern audience, it uses a more dynamic translation. In all cases, the intent is to convey the original meaning of God’s Word as faithfully and as clearly as possible.


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