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20.17
PROVERBS

17Bread of falsehood is sweet to a man;
But afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.
 
18Every purpose is established by counsel;
And with good advice carry on war.
 
19He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets;
Therefore meddle not with him that openeth wide his lips.
 
20Whoso curseth his father or his mother,
His lamp shall be put out in the blackest darkness.
 
21An estate may be gotten hastily at the beginning;
But the end thereof shall not be blessed.
 
22Say not thou: 'I will requite evil';
Wait for the Lord, and He will save thee.
 
23Divers weights are an abomination to the Lord;
And a false balance is not good.
 
24A man's goings are of the Lord;
How then can man look to his way?
 
25It is a snare to a man rashly to say: 'Holy',
And after vows to make inquiry.
 
26A wise king sifteth the wicked,
And turneth the wheel over them.
 
27The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord,
Searching all the inward parts.
 
28Mercy and truth preserve the king;
And his throne is upheld by mercy.
 
29The glory of young men is their strength;
And the beauty of old men is the hoary head.
 
30Sharp wounds cleanse away evil;
So do stripes that reach the inward parts.


21 The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the watercourses:
He turneth it whithersoever He will.
 
2Every way of a man is right in his own eyes;
But the Lord weigheth the hearts.
 
3To do righteousness and justice
Is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
 
4A haughty look, and a proud heart—
The tillage of the wicked is sin.
 
5The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness;
But every one that is hasty hasteth only to want.
 
6The getting of treasures by a lying tongue
Is a vapour driven to and fro; they [that seek them] seek death.
 
7The violence of the wicked shall drag them away;
Because they refuse to do justly.
 
8The way of man is froward and strange;
But as for the pure, his work is right.
 

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