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20.16
PROVERBS

25When thou smitest a scorner, the simple will become prudent;
And when one that hath understanding is reproved, he will understand knowledge.
 
26A son that dealeth shamefully and reproachfully
Will despoil his father, and chase away his mother.
 
27Cease, my son, to hear the instruction
That causeth to err from the words of knowledge.
 
28An ungodly witness mocketh at right;
And the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.
 
29Judgments are prepared for scorners,
And stripes for the back of fools.


20 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is riotous;
And whosoever reeleth thereby is not wise.
 
2The terror of a king is as the roaring of a lion:
He that provoketh him to anger forfeiteth his life.
 
3It is an honour for a man to keep aloof from strife;
But every fool will be snarling.
 
4The sluggard will not plow when winter setteth in;
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 goodness;
But a faithful man who can find?
 
7He that walketh in his integrity as a just man,
Happy 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'?
 
10Divers weights, and divers measures,
Both of them alike are abomination to the Lord.
 
11Even a child is known by his doings,
Whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.
 
12The hearing ear, and the seeing eye,
The Lord hath made even both of them.
 
13Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty;
Open thine eyes, and thou shalt have bread in plenty.
 
14'It is bad, it is bad', saith the buyer;
But when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.
 
15There is gold, and a multitude 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 an alien woman.

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