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Proverbs 20 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Wine is a mocker, beer is a brawler;

whoever goes astray[fn] because of them is not wise.

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

anyone who provokes him endangers himself.

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Honor belongs to the person who ends a dispute,

but any fool can get himself into a quarrel.

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The slacker does not plow during planting season;[fn]

at harvest time he looks,[fn] and there is nothing.

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Counsel in a person’s heart is deep water;

but a person of understanding draws it out.

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Many a person proclaims his own loyalty,

but who can find a trustworthy person?

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A righteous person acts with integrity;

his children who come after him will be happy.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:8 -

A king sitting on a throne to judge

separates out all evil with his eyes.

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

I am cleansed from my sin”?

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:10 -

Differing weights and varying measures[fn] —

both are detestable to the LORD.

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Even a young man is known by his actions —

by whether his behavior is pure and upright.

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The hearing ear and the seeing eye —

the LORD made them both.

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:13 -

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

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

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

but after he is on his way, he gloats.

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There is gold and a multitude of jewels,

but knowledgeable lips are a rare treasure.

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Take his garment,

for he has put up security for a stranger;

get collateral if it is for foreigners.

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Food gained by fraud is sweet to a person,

but afterward his mouth is full of gravel.

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Finalize plans with counsel,

and wage war with sound guidance.

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The one who reveals secrets is a constant gossip;

avoid someone with a big mouth.

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Whoever curses his father or mother ​— ​

his lamp will go out in deep darkness.

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An inheritance gained prematurely

will not be blessed ultimately.

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

Wait on the LORD, and he will rescue you.

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Differing weights[fn] are detestable to the LORD,

and dishonest scales are unfair.

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Even a courageous person’s steps are determined by the LORD,

so how can anyone understand his own way?

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It is a trap for anyone to dedicate something rashly

and later to reconsider his vows.

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A wise king separates out the wicked

and drives the threshing wheel over them.

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The LORD’s lamp sheds light on a person’s life,[fn]

searching the innermost parts.[fn]

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Loyalty and faithfulness guard a king;

through loyalty he maintains his throne.

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The glory of young men is their strength,

and the splendor of old men is gray hair.

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Lashes and wounds purge away evil,

and beatings cleanse the innermost parts.[fn]

CSB Footnotes
Or whoever staggers
Lit plow in winter
Lit inquires
Lit Stone and stone, measure and measure
Lit  A stone and a stone
Lit breath
Lit the chambers of the belly
Lit beatings the chambers of the belly

Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017, 2020 by Holman Bible Publishers.

Additional information is provided here.

For more information on this translation, see the CSB Preface.

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