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Proverbs 20 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Pro 20:1

Wine is a mocker,
Strong drink is a brawler,
And whoever is led astray by it is not wise.

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Pro 20:2

The wrathfn of a king is like the roaring of a lion;
Whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own life.

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Pro 20:3

It is honorable for a man to stop striving,
Since any fool can start a quarrel.

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Pro 20:4

The lazy man will not plow because of winter;
He will beg during harvest and have nothing.

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Pro 20:5

Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water,
But a man of understanding will draw it out.

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Pro 20:6

Most men will proclaim each his own goodness,
But who can find a faithful man?

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Pro 20:7

The righteous man walks in his integrity;
His children are blessed after him.

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Pro 20:8

A king who sits on the throne of judgment
Scatters all evil with his eyes.

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Pro 20:9

Who can say, “I have made my heart clean,
I am pure from my sin”?

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Pro 20:10

Diverse weights and diverse measures,
They are both alike, an abomination to the LORD.

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Pro 20:11

Even a child is known by his deeds,
Whether what he does is pure and right.

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Pro 20:12

The hearing ear and the seeing eye,
The LORD has made them both.

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Pro 20:13

Do not love sleep, lest you come to poverty;
Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with bread.

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Pro 20:14

It is good for nothing,”fn cries the buyer;
But when he has gone his way, then he boasts.

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Pro 20:15

There is gold and a multitude of rubies,
But the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

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Pro 20:16

Take the garment of one who is surety for a stranger,
And hold it as a pledge when it is for a seductress.

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Pro 20:17

Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man,
But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.

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Pro 20:18

Plans are established by counsel;
By wise counsel wage war.

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Pro 20:19

He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets;
Therefore do not associate with one who flatters with his lips.

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Pro 20:20

Whoever curses his father or his mother,
His lamp will be put out in deep darkness.

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Pro 20:21

An inheritance gained hastily at the beginning
Will not be blessed at the end.

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Pro 20:22

Do not say, “I will recompense evil”;
Wait for the LORD, and He will save you.

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Pro 20:23

Diverse weights are an abomination to the LORD,
And dishonest scales are not good.

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Pro 20:24

A man’s steps are of the LORD;
How then can a man understand his own way?

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Pro 20:25

It is a snare for a man to devote rashly something as holy,
And afterward to reconsider his vows.

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Pro 20:26

A wise king sifts out the wicked,
And brings the threshing wheel over them.

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Pro 20:27

The spirit of a man is the lamp of the LORD,
Searching all the inner depths of his heart.fn

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Pro 20:28

Mercy and truth preserve the king,
And by lovingkindness he upholds his throne.

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Pro 20:29

The glory of young men is their strength,
And the splendor of old men is their gray head.

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Pro 20:30

Blows that hurt cleanse away evil,
As do stripes the inner depths of the heart.fn
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NKJV Footnotes

Literally fear or terror which is produced by the king’s wrath
Literally evil, evil
Literally the rooms of the belly
Literally the rooms of the belly

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