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Proverbs 20 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Wine is a mocker,
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The wrath[fn] of a king is like the roaring of a lion;
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It is honorable for a man to stop striving,
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The lazy man will not plow because of winter;
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Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water,
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Most men will proclaim each his own goodness,
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The righteous man walks in his integrity;
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A king who sits on the throne of judgment
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The hearing ear and the seeing eye,
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Do not love sleep, lest you come to poverty;
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It is good for nothing,”[fn] cries the buyer;
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The spirit of a man is the lamp of the LORD,
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Mercy and truth preserve the king,
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The glory of young men is their strength,
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Blows that hurt cleanse away evil,
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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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