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Proverbs 20 (WEBP)

[1] Wine is a mocker and beer is a brawler. Whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
[2] The terror of a king is like the roaring of a lion. He who provokes him to anger forfeits his own life.
[3] It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling.
[4] The sluggard will not plow by reason of the winter; therefore he shall beg in harvest, and have nothing.
[5] Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.
[6] Many men claim to be men of unfailing love, but who can find a faithful man?
[7] A righteous man walks in integrity. Blessed are his children after him.
[8] A king who sits on the throne of judgment scatters away all evil with his eyes.
[9] Who can say, “I have made my heart pure. I am clean and without sin”?
[10] Differing weights and differing measures, both of them alike are an abomination to Yahweh.
[11] Even a child makes himself known by his doings, whether his work is pure, and whether it is right.
[12] The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, Yahweh has made even both of them.
[13] Don’t love sleep, lest you come to poverty. Open your eyes, and you shall be satisfied with bread.
[14] “It’s no good, it’s no good,” says the buyer; but when he is gone his way, then he boasts.
[15] There is gold and abundance of rubies, but the lips of knowledge are a rare jewel.
[16] Take the garment of one who puts up collateral for a stranger; and hold him in pledge for a wayward woman.
[17] Fraudulent food is sweet to a man, but afterwards his mouth is filled with gravel.
[18] Plans are established by advice; by wise guidance you wage war!
[19] He who goes about as a tale-bearer reveals secrets; therefore don’t keep company with him who opens wide his lips.
[20] Whoever curses his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in blackness of darkness.
[21] An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning won’t be blessed in the end.
[22] Don’t say, “I will pay back evil.” Wait for Yahweh, and he will save you.
[23] Yahweh detests differing weights, and dishonest scales are not pleasing.
[24] A man’s steps are from Yahweh; how then can man understand his way?
[25] It is a snare to a man to make a rash dedication, then later to consider his vows.
[26] A wise king winnows out the wicked, and drives the threshing wheel over them.
[27] The spirit of man is Yahweh’s lamp, searching all his innermost parts.
[28] Love and faithfulness keep the king safe. His throne is sustained by love.
[29] The glory of young men is their strength. The splendor of old men is their gray hair.
[30] Wounding blows cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the innermost parts.

Scripture quotations are taken from The World English Bible™ of, 2020 stable text edition. It is in the public domain.

King James w/Strong’s #s

Proverbs 20 (KJVS)

[1] Wine [is] a mocker (), strong drink [is] raging (): and whosoever is deceived () thereby is not wise ().
[2] The fear of a king [is] as the roaring of a lion : [whoso] provoketh him to anger () sinneth () [against] his own soul .
[3] [It is] an honour for a man to cease from strife : but every fool will be meddling ().
[4] The sluggard will not plow () by reason of the cold ; [therefore] shall he beg () (8675) () in harvest , and [have] nothing.
[5] Counsel in the heart of man [is like] deep water ; but a man of understanding will draw it out ().
[6] Most men will proclaim () every one his own goodness : but a faithful man who can find ()?
[7] The just [man] walketh () in his integrity : his children [are] blessed after him.
[8] A king that sitteth in () the throne of judgment scattereth away () all evil with his eyes .
[9] Who can say (), I have made my heart clean (), I am pure () from my sin ?
[10] Divers weights , [and] divers measures , both of them [are] alike abomination to the LORD .
[11] Even a child is known () by his doings , whether his work [be] pure , and whether [it be] right .
[12] The hearing () ear , and the seeing () eye , the LORD hath made () even both of them.
[13] Love () not sleep , lest thou come to poverty (); open () thine eyes , [and] thou shalt be satisfied () with bread .
[14] [It is] naught , [it is] naught , saith () the buyer (): but when he is gone () his way, then he boasteth ().
[15] There is gold , and a multitude of rubies : but the lips of knowledge [are] a precious jewel .
[16] Take () his garment that is surety () [for] a stranger (): and take a pledge () of him for a strange woman .
[17] Bread of deceit [is] sweet to a man ; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled () with gravel .
[18] [Every] purpose is established () by counsel : and with good advice make () war .
[19] He that goeth about () [as] a talebearer revealeth () secrets : therefore meddle () not with him that flattereth () with his lips .
[20] Whoso curseth () his father or his mother , his lamp shall be put out () in obscure () darkness .
[21] An inheritance [may be] gotten hastily () (8675) () at the beginning ; but the end thereof shall not be blessed ().
[22] Say () not thou, I will recompense () evil ; [but] wait on () the LORD , and he shall save () thee.
[23] Divers weights [are] an abomination unto the LORD ; and a false balance [is] not good .
[24] Man’s goings [are] of the LORD ; how can a man then understand () his own way ?
[25] [It is] a snare to the man [who] devoureth () [that which is] holy , and after vows to make enquiry ().
[26] A wise king scattereth () the wicked , and bringeth () the wheel over them.
[27] The spirit of man [is] the candle of the LORD , searching () all the inward parts of the belly .
[28] Mercy and truth preserve () the king : and his throne is upholden () by mercy .
[29] The glory of young men [is] their strength : and the beauty of old men [is] the gray head .
[30] The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil : so [do] stripes the inward parts of the belly .

Young’s Literal Translation

Proverbs 20 (YLT)

[1] Wine is a scorner-strong drink is noisy, And any going astray in it is not wise.
[2] The fear of a king is a growl as of a young lion, He who is causing him to be wroth is wronging his soul.
[3] An honour to a man is cessation from strife, And every fool intermeddleth.
[4] Because of winter the slothful plougheth not, He asketh in harvest, and there is nothing.
[5] Counsel in the heart of a man is deep water, And a man of understanding draweth it up.
[6] A multitude of men proclaim each his kindness, And a man of stedfastness who doth find?
[7] The righteous is walking habitually in his integrity, O the happiness of his sons after him!
[8] A king sitting on a throne of judgment, Is scattering with his eyes all evil,
[9] Who saith, ‘I have purified my heart, I have been cleansed from my sin?’
[10] A stone and a stone, an ephah and an ephah, Even both of them are an abomination to Jehovah.
[11] Even by his actions a youth maketh himself known, Whether his work be pure or upright.
[12] A hearing ear, and a seeing eye, Jehovah hath made even both of them.
[13] Love not sleep, lest thou become poor, Open thine eyes-be satisfied with bread.
[14] ‘Bad, bad,’ saith the buyer, And going his way then he boasteth himself.
[15] Substance, gold, and a multitude of rubies, Yea, a precious vessel, are lips of knowledge.
[16] Take his garment when a stranger hath been surety, And for strangers pledge it.
[17] Sweet to a man is the bread of falsehood, And afterwards is his mouth filled with gravel.
[18] Purposes by counsel thou dost establish, And with plans make thou war.
[19] A revealer of secret counsels is the busybody, And for a deceiver with his lips make not thyself surety.
[20] Whoso is vilifying his father and his mother, Extinguished is his lamp in blackness of darkness.
[21] An inheritance gotten wrongly at first, Even its latter end is not blessed.
[22] Do not say, ‘I recompense evil,’ Wait for Jehovah, and He delivereth thee.
[23] An abomination to Jehovah are a stone and a stone, And balances of deceit are not good.
[24] From Jehovah are the steps of a man, And man-how understandeth he his way?
[25] A snare to a man is he hath swallowed a holy thing, And after vows to make inquiry.
[26] A wise king is scattering the wicked, And turneth back on them the wheel.
[27] The breath of man is a lamp of Jehovah, Searching all the inner parts of the heart.
[28] Kindness and truth keep a king, And he hath supported by kindness his throne.
[29] The beauty of young men is their strength, And the honour of old men is grey hairs.
[30] The bandages of a wound thou removest with the evil, Also the plagues of the inner parts of the heart!