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King James Bible: Proverbs 20

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1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

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2 The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.

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3 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

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4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.

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5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

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6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?

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7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.

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8 A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.

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

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10 Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the LORD.

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11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.

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12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.

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13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

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14 It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.

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

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16 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.

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17 Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.

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18 Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.

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19 He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.

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20 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.

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21 An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.

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22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.

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23 Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance is not good.

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24 Man's goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?

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25 It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy, and after vows to make enquiry.

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26 A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them.

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27 The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

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28 Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.

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29 The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the gray head.

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30 The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.

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