Proverbs 20,21 - On Life and Conduct

Proverbs 20

On Life and Conduct

1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler,

And whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise.

2 The terror of a king is like the growling

of a lion;

He who provokes him to anger forfeits his

own life.

3 Keeping away from strife is an honor for

a man,

But any fool will quarrel.

4 The sluggard does not plow after the


So he begs during the harvest and has


5 A plan in the heart of a man is like deep


But a man of understanding draws it out.

6 Many a man proclaims his own loyalty,

But who can find a trustworthy man?

7 A righteous man who walks in his integrity--

How blessed are his sons after him.

8 A king who sits on the throne of justice

Disperses all evil with his eyes.

9 Who can say, "I have cleansed my heart,

I am pure from my sin"?

10 Differing weights and differing measures,

Both of them are abominable to the LORD.

11 It is by his deeds that a lad distinguishes


If his conduct is pure and right.

12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye,

The LORD has made both of them.

13 Do not love sleep, or you will become

poor; Open your eyes, and you will be

satisfied with food.

14 "Bad, bad," says the buyer,

But when he goes his way, then he boasts.

15 There is gold, and an abundance of jewels;

But the lips of knowledge are a more precious


16 Take his garment when he becomes surety

for a stranger;

And for foreigners, hold him in pledge.

17 Bread obtained by falsehood is sweet to

a man,

But afterward his mouth will be filled with


18 Prepare plans by consultation,

And make war by wise guidance.

19 He who goes about as a slanderer reveals


Therefore do not associate with a gossip.

20 He who curses his father or his mother,

His lamp will go out in time of darkness.

21 An inheritance gained hurriedly at the


Will not be blessed in the end.

22 Do not say, "I will repay evil";

Wait for the LORD, and He will save you.

23 Differing weights are an abomination

to the LORD,

And a false scale is not good.

24 Man's steps are ordained by the LORD,

How then can man understand his way?

25 It is a trap for a man to say rashly,

"It is holy!"

And after the vows to make inquiry.

26 A wise king winnows the wicked,

And drives the threshing wheel over them.

27 The spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD,

Searching all the innermost parts of his being.

28 Loyalty and truth preserve the king,

And he upholds his throne by righteousness.

29 The glory of young men is their strength,

And the honor of old men is their gray hair.

30 Stripes that wound scour away evil,

And strokes reach the innermost parts.

Proverbs 21

On Life and Conduct

1 The king's heart is like channels of water

in the hand of the LORD;

He turns it wherever He wishes.

2 Every man's way is right in his own eyes,

But the LORD weighs the hearts.

3 To do righteousness and justice

Is desired by the LORD more than sacrifice.

4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart,

The lamp of the wicked, is sin.

5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to


But everyone who is hasty comes surely

to poverty.

6 The acquisition of treasures by a lying


Is a fleeting vapor, the pursuit of death.

7 The violence of the wicked will drag

them away,

Because they refuse to act with justice.

8 The way of a guilty man is crooked,

But as for the pure, his conduct is upright.

9 It is better to live in a corner of a roof

Than in a house shared with a contentious


10 The soul of the wicked desires evil;

His neighbor finds no favor in his eyes.

11 When the scoffer is punished, the naive

becomes wise;

But when the wise is instructed, he receives


12 The righteous one considers the house

of the wicked,

Turning the wicked to ruin.

13 He who shuts his ear to the cry of the


Will also cry himself and not be answered.

14 A gift in secret subdues anger,

And a bribe in the bosom, strong wrath.

15 The exercise of justice is joy for the


But is terror to the workers of iniquity.

16 A man who wanders from the way of


Will rest in the assembly of the dead.

17 He who loves pleasure will become a

poor man;

He who loves wine and oil will not

become rich.

18 The wicked is a ransom for the righteous,

And the treacherous is in the place of the


19 It is better to live in a desert land

Than with a contentious and vexing woman.

20 There is precious treasure and oil in the

dwelling of the wise,

But a foolish man swallows it up.

21 He who pursues righteousness and loyalty

Finds life, righteousness and honor.

22 A wise man scales the city of the mighty

And brings down the stronghold in which

they trust.

23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue,

Guards his soul from troubles.

24 "Proud," "Haughty," "Scoffer," are his


Who acts with insolent pride.

25 The desire of the sluggard puts him

to death,

For his hands refuse to work;

26 All day long he is craving,

While the righteous gives and does not

hold back.

27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an


How much more when he brings it with

evil intent!

28 A false witness will perish,

But the man who listens to the truth

will speak forever.

29 A wicked man displays a bold face,

But as for the upright, he makes his way


30 There is no wisdom and no under-


And no counsel against the LORD.

31 The horse is prepared for the day

of battle,

But victory belongs to the LORD.

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