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1Wine is a mocker, #Gn 9:21Pr 23:29-30Is 28:7Hs 4:11 beer is a brawler,
and whoever staggers because of them is not wise.
2A king’s terrible wrath is like the roaring of a lion;
anyone who provokes him endangers himself. #Nm 16:38Est 4:11Pr 8:36|NoBook| 19:12|NoBook| 28:15Hab 2:10
3It is honorable for a man to resolve a dispute, #Pr 17:14
but any fool can get himself into a quarrel. #Pr 15:18|NoBook| 18:6|NoBook| 22:10
4The slacker does not plow during planting season; # Lit plow in winter
at harvest time he looks, # Lit inquires and there is nothing. #Pr 24:27
5Counsel in a man’s heart is deep water; #Pr 18:4
but a man of understanding draws it out.
6Many a man proclaims his own loyalty,
but who can find a trustworthy man? #Ps 53:2-3Pr 28:20Ec 7:28Lk 18:8
7The one who lives with integrity is righteous; #Pr 2:7|NoBook| 10:9|NoBook| 13:6
his children # Lit sons who come after him will be happy. #Ps 37:26|NoBook| 112:2
8A king sitting on a throne to judge
sifts out all evil with his eyes. #Pr 20:26|NoBook| 25:5Mt 25:32
9Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure;
I am cleansed from my sin”? #1Kg 8:46Jb 15:15-16Ps 14:2-3Ec 7:20Rm 3:9-121Jn 1:8
10Differing weights and varying measures # Lit Stone and stone, measure and measure
both are detestable to the Lord. #Dt 25:14-15Pr 11:1|NoBook| 20:23Mc 6:10-11
11Even a young man is known by his actions —
if his behavior is pure and upright. #Pr 21:8Mt 7:16
12The hearing ear and the seeing eye —
the Lord made them both. #Ex 4:11Ps 94:9Pr 22:2|NoBook| 29:13
13Don’t love sleep, or you will become poor;
open your eyes, and you’ll have enough to eat. #Pr 6:10-11|NoBook| 19:1524:33-34
14“It’s worthless, it’s worthless! ” the buyer says,
but after he is on his way, he gloats.
15There is gold and a multitude of jewels,
but knowledgeable lips are a rare treasure. #Pr 3:15|NoBook| 8:11
16Take his garment, # A debtor’s outer garment was held as collateral.
for he has put up security for a stranger;
get collateral if it is for foreigners. #Dt 24:12-13Pr 6:1-5|NoBook| 11:15|NoBook| 27:13
17Food gained by fraud is sweet to a man, #Pr 9:17
but afterward his mouth is full of gravel.
18Finalize plans with counsel, #Pr 11:14|NoBook| 15:22
and wage war with sound guidance. #Pr 24:6Lk 14:31
19The one who reveals secrets is a constant gossip; #Lv 19:16Pr 11:13
avoid someone with a big mouth. #Pr 13:3
20Whoever curses his father or mother #Ex 21:17Pr 24:20|NoBook| 30:11
his lamp will go out in deep darkness. #Jb 18:5
21An inheritance gained prematurely
will not be blessed ultimately. #Pr 21:5|NoBook| 23:5|NoBook| 28:22Lk 15:11-13
22Don’t say, “I will avenge this evil! ” #Pr 24:29Mt 5:39Rm 12:171Th 5:151Pt 3:9
Wait on the Lord, #Ps 27:14 and He will rescue you. #Ps 37:7-9
23Differing weights # Lit A stone and a stone are detestable to the Lord, #Pr 20:10Mc 6:11
and dishonest scales #Pr 11:1 are unfair.
24A man’s steps are determined by the Lord, #Pr 16:9|NoBook| 19:21
so how can anyone understand his own way?
25It is a trap for anyone to dedicate something rashly
and later to reconsider his vows. #Nm 30:2Dt 23:21Ec 5:4-6
26A wise king separates out the wicked #Pr 20:8
and drives the threshing wheel #Is 28:27 over them.
27The Lord’s lamp sheds light on a person’s life, # Lit breath
searching the innermost parts. # Lit the chambers of the belly #Ps 139:23Pr 20:301Co 2:11
28Loyalty and faithfulness deliver a king;
through loyalty he maintains his throne.
29The glory of young men is their strength,
and the splendor of old men is gray hair. #Lv 19:32Pr 16:31
30Lashes and wounds purge away evil, #Is 53:5
and beatings cleanse the innermost parts. # Lit beatings the chambers of the belly

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