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Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.
It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.
The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.
Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?
The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.
A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.
Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?
Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the LORD.
Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.
The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.
Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.
There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.
Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.
He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.
Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure ° darkness.
An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.
Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.
Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance is not good.
Man's goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?
It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy, and after vows to make inquiry.
A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them.
The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.
The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the grey head.
The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

20:1 strong drink is raging. So-called social drinking by Christians believers is difficult to justify in the context of such clear warnings as this. See also Proverbs 23:29-32.

20:6 faithful man. This verse is a striking commentary on human nature. Faithfulness is a precious jewel, but self-righteousness is common clay.

20:10 Divers weights. See note on Proverbs 16:11; also see Proverbs 11:1; 20:23.

20:11 Even a child. It is never too early to begin training a child in right and wrong and even explaining the way of salvation.

20:12 hath made even both. It is nonsense to think that such marvelously complex systems as eyes and ears could ever evolve by chance. The Lord alone is our Maker!

20:27 spirit of man. The human “spirit” (Hebrew neshamah) has been imparted directly to man by God Himself (Genesis 2:7), and is part of the “image of God” (Genesis 1:27). That image is severely marred by sin, but is still there, serving as God’s “candle” to illuminate his thoughts and enable him to respond in saving faith to God’s provision of salvation and restoration.

20:30 cleanseth away evil. The translation here is difficult, and this verse has sometimes been misused to justify heavy flogging of sinners. The essence, however, seems to be an analogy. As the infection in a wound is cleansed by the blood flowing through it, so God’s chastening (or a father’s chastening) will, if rightly applied, remove evil thoughts and behavior from the life.

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