Provérbios 20

1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; ¶ whoever is led astray by them is not wise.

2 A king's wrath strikes terror like the roar of a lion; ¶ those who anger him forfeit their lives.

3 It is to one's honor to avoid strife, ¶ but every fool is quick to quarrel.

4 Sluggards do not plow in season; ¶ so at harvest time they look but find nothing.

5 The purposes of a person's heart are deep waters, ¶ but one who has insight draws them out.

6 Many claim to have unfailing love, ¶ but a faithful person who can find?

7 The righteous lead blameless lives; ¶ blessed are their children after them.

8 When a king sits on his throne to judge, ¶ he winnows out all evil with his eyes.

9 Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure; ¶ I am clean and without sin"?

10 Differing weights and differing measures — ¶ the LORD detests them both.

11 Even small children are known by their actions, ¶ so is their conduct really pure and upright?

12 Ears that hear and eyes that see — ¶ the LORD has made them both.

13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; ¶ stay awake and you will have food to spare.

14 "It's no good, it's no good!" says the buyer — ¶ then goes off and boasts about the purchase.

15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, ¶ but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.

16 Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger; ¶ hold it in pledge if it is done for an outsider.

17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet, ¶ but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel.

18 Plans are established by seeking advice; ¶ so if you wage war, obtain guidance.

19 A gossip betrays a confidence; ¶ so avoid anyone who talks too much.

20 If someone curses their father or mother, ¶ their lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.

21 An inheritance claimed too soon ¶ will not be blessed at the end.

22 Do not say, "I'll pay you back for this wrong!" ¶ Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you.

23 The LORD detests differing weights, ¶ and dishonest scales do not please him.

24 A person's steps are directed by the LORD. ¶ How then can anyone understand their own way?

25 It is a trap to dedicate something rashly ¶ and only later to consider one's vows.

26 A wise king winnows out the wicked; ¶ he drives the threshing wheel over them.

27 The human spirit is [^1] the lamp of the LORD ¶ that sheds light on one's inmost being.

28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; ¶ through love his throne is made secure.

29 The glory of young men is their strength, ¶ gray hair the splendor of the old.

30 Blows and wounds scrub away evil, ¶ and beatings purge the inmost being.