Proverbs 20:1-30 (NIV)
1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
2 A king's wrath is like the roar of a lion; he who angers him forfeits his life.
3 It is to a man's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.
4 A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.
5 The purposes of a man's heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.
6 Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?
7 The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him.
8 When a king sits on his throne to judge, he winnows out all evil with his eyes.
9 Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin"?
10 Differing weights and differing measures— the LORD detests them both.
11 Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.
12 Ears that hear and eyes that see— the LORD has made them both.
13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.
14 "It's no good, it's no good!" says the buyer; then off he goes and boasts about his purchase.
15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.
16 Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger; hold it in pledge if he does it for a wayward woman.
17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man, but he ends up with a mouth full of gravel.
18 Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance.
19 A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much.
20 If a man curses his father or mother, his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.
21 An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning will not be blessed at the end.
22 Do not say, "I'll pay you back for this wrong!" Wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.
23 The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him.
24 A man's steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand his own way?
25 It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider his vows.
26 A wise king winnows out the wicked; he drives the threshing wheel over them.
27 The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man a]">[a] ; it searches out his inmost being.
28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure.
29 The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.
30 Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.
- Proverbs 20:27 Or The spirit of man is the LORD 's lamp
8 examples of intoxication:
1. Noah (Genesis 9:20-21)
2. Lot (Genesis 19:30-38)
3. Nabal (1 Samuel 25:36)
4. Elah (1 Kings 16:8-10)
5. Ben-hadad (1 Kings 20:16-21)
6. Ephraim (Isaiah 28:7)
7. Belshazzar (Daniel 5)
8. Ninevah (Nahum 1:10)
3 examples from ceasing from strife:
1. Abraham (Genesis 13:7-9)
2. Isaac (Genesis 26:12-30)
3. David (1 Samuel 25:32-34)
5 examples proclaiming own goodness:
1. Absalom (2 Samuel 15:4)
2. Jehu (2 Kings 10:16, 31)
3. The scribes (Matthew 6:2; 23:5)
4. The rich young ruler (Matthew 19:20-22)
5. The Pharisees (Luke 18:9-14)
3 unfailing laws:
1. He that curses father and mother shall be put to death and leave no posterity (Proverbs 20:20; Exodus 21:17; Leviticus 20:9)
2. Inheritances hastily gotten generally lead to idleness, pride, and sin (Proverbs 20:21)
3. To recompense evil for evil will not be blessed of the LORD; but those who trust God to reward evil in His own time shall be saved (Proverbs 20:22)