Proverbs Chapter 20 to 21 : American Standard Version
1Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler; And whosoever erreth thereby is not wise. 2The terror of a king is as the roaring of a lion: He that provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own life. 3It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife; But every fool will be quarrelling. 4The sluggard will not plow by reason of the winter; Therefore he shall beg in harvest, and have nothing. 5Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; But a man of understanding will draw it out. 6Most men will proclaim every one his own kindness; But a faithful man who can find? 7A righteous man that walketh in his integrity, Blessed are his children after him. 8A king that sitteth on the throne of judgment Scattereth away all evil with his eyes. 9Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin? 10Diverse weights, and diverse measures, Both of them alike are an abomination to Jehovah. 11Even a child maketh himself known by his doings, Whether his work be pure, and whether it be right. 12The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, Jehovah hath made even both of them. 13Love not sleep, let thou come to poverty; Open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread. 14It is bad, it is bad, saith the buyer; But when he is gone his way, then he boasteth. 15There is gold, and abundance of rubies; But the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel. 16Take his garment that is surety for a stranger; And hold him in pledge that is surety for foreigners. 17Bread of falsehood is sweet to a man; But afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel. 18Every purpose is established by counsel; And by wise guidance make thou war. 19He that goeth about as a tale-bearer revealeth secrets; Therefore company not with him that openeth wide his lips. 20Whoso curseth his father or his mother, His lamp shall be put out in blackness of darkness. 21An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; But the end thereof shall not be blessed. 22Say not thou, I will recompense evil: Wait for Jehovah, and he will save thee. 23Diverse weights are an abomination to Jehovah; And a false balance is not good. 24A man's goings are of Jehovah; How then can man understand his way? 25It is a snare to a man rashly to say, It is holy, And after vows to make inquiry. 26A wise king winnoweth the wicked, And bringeth the threshing -wheel over them. 27The spirit of man is the lamp of Jehovah, Searching all his innermost parts. 28Kindness and truth preserve the king; And his throne is upholden by kindness. 29The glory of young men is their strength; And the beauty of old men is the hoary head. 30Stripes that wound cleanse away evil; And strokes reach the innermost parts.
21 Proverbs 21
1The king's heart is in the hand of Jehovah as the watercourses: He turneth it whithersoever he will. 2Every way of a man is right in his own eyes; But Jehovah weigheth the hearts. 3To do righteousness and justice Is more acceptable to Jehovah than sacrifice. 4A high look, and a proud heart, Even the lamp of the wicked, is sin. 5The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; But every one that is hasty hasteth only to want. 6The getting of treasures by a lying tongue Is a vapor driven to and fro by them that seek death. 7The violence of the wicked shall sweep them away, Because they refuse to do justice. 8The way of him that is laden with guilt is exceeding crooked; But as for the pure, his work is right. 9It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, Than with a contentious woman in a wide house. 10The soul of the wicked desireth evil: His neighbor findeth no favor in his eyes. 11When the scoffer is punished, the simple is made wise; And when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge. 12The righteous man considereth the house of the wicked, How the wicked are overthrown to their ruin. 13Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, He also shall cry, but shall not be heard. 14A gift in secret pacifieth anger; And a present in the bosom, strong wrath. 15It is joy to the righteous to do justice; But it is a destruction to the workers of iniquity. 16The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding Shall rest in the assembly of the dead. 17He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: He that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich. 18The wicked is a ransom for the righteous; And the treacherous cometh in the stead of the upright. 19It is better to dwell in a desert land, Than with a contentious and fretful woman. 20There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise; But a foolish man swalloweth it up. 21He that followeth after righteousness and kindness Findeth life, righteousness, and honor. 22A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, And bringeth down the strength of the confidence thereof. 23Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue Keepeth his soul from troubles. 24The proud and haughty man, scoffer is his name; He worketh in the arrogance of pride. 25The desire of the sluggard killeth him; For his hands refuse to labor. 26There is that coveteth greedily all the day long; But the righteous giveth and withholdeth not. 27The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination: How much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind! 28A false witness shall perish; But the man that heareth shall speak so as to endure. 29A wicked man hardeneth his face; But as for the upright, he establisheth his ways. 30There is no wisdom nor understanding Nor counsel against Jehovah. 31The horse is prepared against the day of battle; But victory is of Jehovah.