Proverbs 20 Notes, Meaning, and Commentary

Proverbs 20


Proverbs 20:1

Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler; And whosoever erreth thereby is not wise.

Proverbs 20:2

The terror of a king is as the roaring of a lion: He that provoketh him to anger sinneth [against] his own life.

Proverbs 20:3

It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife; But every fool will be quarrelling.

Proverbs 20:4

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

Proverbs 20:5

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

Proverbs 20:6

Most men will proclaim every one his own kindness; But a faithful man who can find?

Proverbs 20:7

A righteous man that walketh in his integrity, Blessed are his children after him.

Proverbs 20:8

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

Proverbs 20:9

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

Proverbs 20:10

Diverse weights, and diverse measures, Both of them alike are an abomination to Jehovah.

Proverbs 20:11

Even a child maketh himself known by his doings, Whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.

Proverbs 20:12

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

Proverbs 20:13

Love not sleep, let thou come to poverty; Open thine eyes, [and] thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

Proverbs 20:14

It is bad, it is bad, saith the buyer; But when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.

Proverbs 20:15

There is gold, and abundance of rubies; But the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

Proverbs 20:16

Take his garment that is surety for a stranger; And hold him in pledge [that is surety] for foreigners.

Proverbs 20:17

Bread of falsehood is sweet to a man; But afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.

Proverbs 20:18

Every purpose is established by counsel; And by wise guidance make thou war.

Proverbs 20:19

He that goeth about as a tale-bearer revealeth secrets; Therefore company not with him that openeth wide his lips.

Proverbs 20:20

Whoso curseth his father or his mother, His lamp shall be put out in blackness of darkness.

Proverbs 20:21

An inheritance [may be] gotten hastily at the beginning; But the end thereof shall not be blessed.

Proverbs 20:22

Say not thou, I will recompense evil: Wait for Jehovah, and he will save thee.

Proverbs 20:23

Diverse weights are an abomination to Jehovah; And a false balance is not good.

Proverbs 20:24

A man’s goings are of Jehovah; How then can man understand his way?

Proverbs 20:25

It is a snare to a man rashly to say, [It is] holy, And after vows to make inquiry.

Proverbs 20:26

A wise king winnoweth the wicked, And bringeth the [threshing] -wheel over them.

Proverbs 20:27

The spirit of man is the lamp of Jehovah, Searching all his innermost parts.

Proverbs 20:28

Kindness and truth preserve the king; And his throne is upholden by kindness.

Proverbs 20:29

The glory of young men is their strength; And the beauty of old men is the hoary head.

Proverbs 20:30

Stripes that wound cleanse away evil; And strokes [reach] the innermost parts.

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