King James VersionProverbs20


1 Wine is a mock­er, strong drink is rag­ing: and whoso­ev­er is de­ceived there­by is not wise.
2 The fear of a king is as the roar­ing of a li­on: whoso pro­voketh him to anger sin­neth against his own soul.
3 It is an hon­our for a man to cease from strife: but ev­ery fool will be med­dling.
4 The slug­gard will not plow by rea­son of the cold; therefore shall he beg in har­vest, and have noth­ing.
5 Coun­sel in the heart of man is like deep wa­ter; but a man of un­der­stand­ing will draw it out.
6 Most men will pro­claim ev­ery one his own good­ness: but a faith­ful man who can find?
7 The just man walketh in his in­tegri­ty: his chil­dren are blessed af­ter him.
8 A king that sit­teth in the throne of judg­ment scat­tereth away all evil with his eyes.
9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?
10 Divers weights, and divers mea­sures, both of them are alike abom­i­na­tion to the LORD.
11 Even a child is known by his do­ings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.
12 The hear­ing ear, and the see­ing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.
13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to pover­ty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be sat­is­fied with bread.
14 It is naught, it is naught, saith the buy­er: but when he is gone his way, then he boast­eth.
15 There is gold, and a mul­ti­tude of ru­bies: but the lips of knowl­edge are a pre­cious jew­el.
16 Take his gar­ment that is sure­ty for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange wom­an.
17 Bread of de­ceit is sweet to a man; but af­ter­wards his mouth shall be filled with grav­el.
18 Every pur­pose is es­tab­lished by coun­sel: and with good ad­vice make war.
19 He that goeth about as a tale­bear­er re­vealeth se­crets: there­fore med­dle not with him that flat­tereth with his lips.
20 Whoso curseth his fa­ther or his moth­er, his lamp shall be put out in ob­scure dark­ness.
21 An in­her­i­tance ­may be got­ten hasti­ly at the be­gin­ning; but the end there­of shall not be blessed.
22 Say not thou, I will rec­om­pense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.
23 Divers weights are an abom­i­na­tion unto the LORD; and a false bal­ance is not good.
24 Man's go­ings are of the LORD; how can a man then un­der­stand his own way?
25 It is a snare to the man who de­voureth that which is holy, and af­ter vows to make en­quiry.
26 A wise king scat­tereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them.
27 The spir­it of man is the can­dle of the LORD, search­ing all the in­ward parts of the bel­ly.
28 Mer­cy and truth pre­serve the king: and his throne is up­hold­en by mer­cy.
29 The glo­ry of young men is their strength: and the beau­ty of old men is the gray head.
30 The blue­ness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the in­ward parts of the bel­ly.