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Proverbs 20 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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On Life and Conduct

Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:1 - Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler,
And whoever [fn]is intoxicated by it is not wise.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:2 - The terror of a king is like the growling of a lion;
He who provokes him to anger [fn]forfeits his own life.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:3 - [fn]Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man,
But any fool will [fn]quarrel.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:4 - The sluggard does not plow after the autumn,
So he [fn]begs during the harvest and has nothing.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:5 - A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water,
But a man of understanding draws it out.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:6 - Many a man proclaims his own loyalty,
But who can find a trustworthy man?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:7 - A righteous man who walks in his integrity
How blessed are his sons after him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:8 - A king who sits on the throne of justice
[fn]Disperses all evil with his eyes.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:9 - Who can say, “I have cleansed my heart,
I am pure from my sin”?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:10 - [fn]Differing weights and differing measures,
Both of them are abominable to the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:11 - It is by his deeds that a lad [fn]distinguishes himself
If his conduct is pure and right.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:12 - The hearing ear and the seeing eye,
The LORD has made both of them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:13 - Do not love sleep, or you will become poor;
Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with [fn]food.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:14 - “Bad, bad,” says the buyer,
But when he goes his way, then he boasts.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:15 - There is gold, and an abundance of [fn]jewels;
But the lips of knowledge are a more precious thing.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:16 - Take his garment when he becomes surety for a stranger;
And for foreigners, hold him in pledge.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:17 - Bread obtained by falsehood is sweet to a man,
But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:18 - Prepare plans by consultation,
And make war by wise guidance.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:19 - He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets,
Therefore do not associate with [fn]a gossip.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:20 - He who curses his father or his mother,
His lamp will go out in [fn]time of darkness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:21 - An inheritance gained hurriedly at the beginning
Will not be blessed in the end.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:22 - Do not say, “I will repay evil”;
Wait for the LORD, and He will save you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:23 - [fn]Differing weights are an abomination to the LORD,
And a [fn]false scale is not good.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:24 - Man’s steps are ordained by the LORD,
How then can man understand his way?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:25 - It is a trap for a man to say rashly, “It is holy!”
And after the vows to make inquiry.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:26 - A wise king winnows the wicked,
And [fn]drives the threshing wheel over them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:27 - The [fn]spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD,
Searching all the [fn]innermost parts of his being.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:28 - [fn]Loyalty and truth preserve the king,
And he upholds his throne by [fn]righteousness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:29 - The glory of young men is their strength,
And the [fn]honor of old men is their gray hair.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:30 - Stripes that wound scour away evil,
And strokes reach the [fn]innermost parts.
NASB95 Footnotes
Literally: errs
Literally: sins against
Literally: Ceasing
Literally: burst out
Literally: asks
Or, Sifts
Literally: A stone and a stone, an ephah and an ephah
Or, makes himself known
Literally: bread
Or, corals
Literally: one who opens his lips
Literally: pupil (of eye)
Literally: A stone and a stone
Literally: balance of deceit
Literally: turns
Literally: breath
Literally: chambers of the body
Literally: Covenant loyalty
Or, splendor
Literally: chambers of the body

New American Standard Bible 1995
Copyright (c) 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995
by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif.
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