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Proverbs 20 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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Hope in Yahweh and He Will Save You

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Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler,

And whoever is led astray by it is not wise.

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The terror of a king is like the roar of a lion;

He who provokes him to anger sins against his own soul.

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It is a glory for a man to cease quarreling,

But any ignorant fool will break out in dispute.

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The sluggard does not plow from winter on,

So he [fn]begs during the harvest and has nothing.

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Counsel in the heart of a man is like deep water,

But a man of discernment draws it out.

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Many a man will call out his own lovingkindness,

But a faithful man, who can find?

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A righteous man who walks in his integrity

How blessed are his sons after him.

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A king who sits on the throne of justice

[fn]Disperses all evil with his eyes.

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

I am clean from my sin”?

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[fn]Differing weights and differing measures,

Both of them are an abomination to Yahweh.

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It is by his deeds that a young man makes himself known

If his conduct is pure and right.

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The hearing ear and the seeing eye,

Yahweh has made both of them.

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Do not love sleep, lest you become poor;

Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with [fn]food.

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“Bad, bad,” says the buyer,

But when he goes his way, then he boasts.

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There is gold, and an abundance of pearls;

But the lips of knowledge are a more precious vessel.

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Take his garment when he becomes a guarantor for a stranger;

And for foreigners, hold him in pledge.

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Bread obtained by lying is sweet to a man,

But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.

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[fn]Thoughts are established by counsel,

So make war by guidance.

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He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets,

Therefore do not associate with [fn]one of loose lips.

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He who curses his father or his mother,

His lamp will go out in the [fn]midst of darkness.

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An inheritance gained hurriedly at the beginning

In the end will not be blessed.

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Do not say, “I will repay evil”;

Hope in Yahweh, and He will save you.

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[fn]Differing weights are an abomination to Yahweh,

And a deceitful balance is not good.

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The steps of a man are from Yahweh,

How then can man understand his way?

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It is a trap for a man to say rashly, “It is holy!”

And after the vows to make inquiry.

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A wise king winnows the wicked,

And turns the threshing wheel over them.

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The [fn]breath of man is the lamp of Yahweh,

Searching all the [fn]innermost parts of his body.

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Lovingkindness and truth will guard the king,

And he upholds his throne by lovingkindness.

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The honor of young men is their strength,

And the [fn]majesty of old men is their gray hair.

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Stripes that wound scour away evil,

And strokes reach the [fn]innermost parts of the body.

LSB Footnotes
Lit asks
Or Sifts
Lit A stone and a stone, an ephah and an ephah
Lit bread
Or Plans
Lit one who opens his lips
Lit pupil (of the eye)
Lit A stone and a stone
Or what a man breathes out
Lit chambers of the stomach
Or splendor
Lit chambers of the stomach

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All rights reserved. Managed in partnership with Three Sixteen Publishing Inc.

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

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