Proverbs Chapter 20 – Catholic Bible

The Proverbs

Chapter 20

1 – Wine is a luxurious thing, and drunkenness riotous: whosoever is delighted therewith shell not be wise.

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2 – As the roaring of a lion, so also is the dread of a king: he that provoketh him, sinneth against his own soul.

3 – It is an honour for a man to separate himself from quarrels: but all fools are meddling with reproaches.

4 – Because of the cold the sluggard would not plough: he shall beg therefore in the summer, and it shall not be given him.

5 – Counsel in the heart of a man is like deep water: but a wise man will draw it out.

6 – Many men are called merciful: but who shall find a faithful man?

7 – The just that walketh in his simplicity, shall leave behind him blessed children.

8 – The king, that sitteth on the throne of judgment, scattereth away all evil with his look.

9 – Who can say: My heart is clean, I am pure from sin?

10 – Diverse weights and diverse measures, both are abominable before God.

11 – By his inclinations a child is known, if his works be clean and right.

12 – The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made them both.

13 – Love not sleep, lest poverty oppress thee: open thy eyes, and be filled with bread.

14 – It is nought, it is nought, saith every buyer: and when he is gone away, then he will boast.

15 – There is gold, and a multitude of jewels: but the lips of knowledge are a precious vessel.

16 – Take away the garment of him that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge from him for strangers.

17 – The bread of lying is sweet to a man: but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.

18 – Designs are strengthened by counsels: and wars are to be managed by governments.

19 – Meddle not with him that revealeth secrets, and walketh deceitfully, and openeth wide his lips.

20 – He that curseth his father, and mother, his lamp shall be put out in the midst of darkness.

21 – The inheritance gotten hastily in the beginning, in the end shall be without a blessing.

22 – Say not: I will return evil: wait for the Lord and he will deliver thee.

23 – Diverse weights are an abomination before the Lord: a deceitful balance is not good.

24 – The steps of man are guided by the Lord: but who is the man that can understand his own way?

25 – It is ruin to a man to devour holy ones, and after vows to retract.

26 – A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth over them the wheel.

27 – The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord, which searcheth all the hidden things of the bowels.

28 – Mercy and truth preserve the king, and his throne is strengthened by clemency.

29 – The joy of young men is their strength: and the dignity of old men, their grey hairs.

30 – The blueness of a wound shall wipe away evils: and stripes in the more in- ward parts of the belly.

The Catholic Bible Online. Scriptures are from The Douay Rheims Catholic Bible 1582-1610 a.d. Version In the Public Domain. The Douay Rheims Bible is a translation of the Bible from the Latin Vulgate into English undertaken by members of the English College, Douai in the service of the Catholic Church.