Proverbs Chapter 20
(Original 1611 KJV Bible)


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1 Wine is a mocker, strong drinke is raging: and whosoeuer is deceiued thereby, is not wise.

2 The feare of a king, is as the roaring of a Lion: who so prouoketh him to anger, sinneth against his owne soule.2

3 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but euery foole will be medling.

4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he begge in haruest, and haue nothing.4

5 Counsell in the heart of man is like deepe water: but a man of vnderstanding will draw it out.5

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6 Most men will proclaime euery one his owne goodnes: but a faithfull man who can finde?6

7 The iust man walketh in his integritie: his children are blessed after him.7

8 A king that sitteth in the throne of iudgement, scattereth away all euill with his eyes.

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9 Who can say, I haue made my heart cleane, I am pure from my sinne?9

10 Diuers weights, and diuers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the Lord.10

11 Euen a childe is knowen by his doings, whether his worke be pure, and whether it be right.

12 The hearing eare, and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made euen both of them.12

13 Loue not sleepe, lest thou come to pouertie: open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.13

14 It is nought, it is nought (saith the buyer:) but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.

15 There is gold, and a multitude of Rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious iewell.

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16 Take his garment that is suerty for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.16

17 Bread of deceit is sweet to a man: but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with grauell.17

18 Euery purpose is established by counsell: and with good aduice make warre.18

19 He that goeth about as a tale-bearer, reueileth secrets; therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lippes.19

20 Who so curseth his father or his mother, his lampe shall be put out in obscure darkenesse.20

21 An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning: but the ende thereof shall not be blessed.

22 Say not thou, I will recompence euil: but wait on the Lord, and he shall saue thee.22

23 Diuers waights are an abomination vnto the Lord: and a false ballance is not good.23

24 Mans goings are of the Lord; how can a man then vnderstand his owne way?24

25 It is a snare to the man who deuoureth that which is holy: and after vowes, to make inquirie.

26 A wise king scattereth the wicked, & bringeth the wheele ouer them.26

27 The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly.27

28 Mercy and trueth preserue the king: and his throne is vpholden by mercy.28

29 The glory of yong men is their strength: and the beautie of old men is the gray head.29

30 The blewnes of a wound cleanseth away euill: so doe stripes the inward parts of the belly.30


Proverbs Chapter 20 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):

2 Chap.19. 12. and 16. 14.
4 Chap. 20. 4. , Or, winter.
5 Chap. 18.4.
6 Or, bountie.
7 Psal.112. 2.
9 Psal.51.5. iob 14.4. 1.king.8. 46. 2.chro. 6.36. eccles. 7.28. 1.ioh. 1.8.
10 Deut. 25. 15. chap.11. 1. and .16.2. , Hebr. a stone, and a stone. , Hebr. an ephah, and an ephah.
12 Exod.4. 11. psal. 94. 9.
13 Chap. 19. 15. and 12. 11.
16 Chap. 27. 13.
17 Cha.9.17. , Heb. bread of lying, or falshood.
18 Chap. 15. 22.
19 Chap. 11. 13. , Or, entiseth.
20 Exod.21. 17. leuit.20. 9. matt.15. 4. , Or, candle.
22 Deut.32. 35. cha.17. 13. and 24. 29. rom.12. 17. 1. thess. 5.15. 1.pet. 3.9.
23 Verse 10. , Hebr. ballances of deceit.
24 Psal. 37. 23. cha. 16. 9. iere.10. 23.
26 Verse 8. psal.101.5. &c.
27 Or, lampe.
28 Psal. 101. 1. chap. 29. 14.
29 Chap.16. 31.
30 Hebr. is a purging medicine against euill.

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