Provérbios 20

1 Wine [is] a mocker, strong drink [is] raging: and whoever is deceived by it is not wise.

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

3 It is a mans honour to cease from strife: but euery foole will be medling.

4 The slouthfull will not plowe, because of winter: therefore shal he beg in sommer, but haue nothing.

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

6 Many men wil boast, euery one of his owne goodnes: but who can finde a faithfull man?

7 He that walketh in his integritie, is iust: and blessed shall his children be after him.

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

9 Who can say, I haue made mine heart cleane, I am cleane from my sinne?

10 Differing weights, [and] differing measures, both of them [are] alike abomination to the LORD.

11 A childe also is knowen by his doings, whether his worke be pure and right.

12 The Lord hath made both these, euen the eare to heare, and the eye to see.

13 Loue not sleepe least thou come vnto pouertie: open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

14 It is naught, it is naught, sayth the buyer: but when he is gone apart, he boasteth.

15 There is golde, and a multitude of precious stones: but the lips of knowledge are a precious iewel.

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

17 The bread of deceit is sweete to a man: but afterward his mouth shalbe filled with grauel.

18 Establish the thoughtes by counsell: and by counsell make warre.

19 He that goeth about as a slanderer, discouereth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.

20 He that curseth his father or his mother, his light shalbe put out in obscure darkenes.

21 An heritage is hastely gotten at the beginning, but the end thereof shall not be blessed.

22 Say not thou, I wil recompense euill: but waite vpon the Lord, and he shall saue thee.

23 Diuers weightes are an abomination vnto the Lord, and deceitful balances are not good.

24 The steps of man are ruled by the Lord: how can a man then vnderstand his owne 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 lamp of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.

28 Mercie and trueth preserue the King: for his throne shall be established with mercie.

29 The beautie of yong men is their strength, and the glory of the aged is the gray head.

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