Proverbs 20
On alcohol, ambition, pride, children
.1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
 2 The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.
 3 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.
 4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing. See picture.
 5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.
  1 - Wine Popularity or taste are not safe reasons for choices we make. The results of alcohol make people mock God and be hateful and harmful to others.
  1 - Strong drink Fermented beverage from sources other than grapes de1426. The grip of alcohol is hard to break pr2329, is2807, ep0518. Abstinence is God's plan for us See on 1ti0303.
  3 - Honor ... to cease We tend to think of it as the other way around.
  4 - Cold Literally "autumn." He is too lazy to prepare the land for the spring crops.
6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?
 7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.
 8 A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.
 9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?
 10 Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the LORD.

  6 - Faithful man See pr1210, pr1717, pr2229.
  7 - Children are blessed Not only by a joyful relationship with Godly parents but by living that example.
  8 - Scattereth Literally "winnows." That is, separates the grain from the hulls (chaff). See is1103.
  9 - Who can say? See 1jo0108. Also ec1214.
  10 - Diverse weights See on pr1101, v23.
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 11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.
.12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.
 13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
 14 It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.
  11 - Even a child And how much more, we who are adults.
  12 - Hearing ear See ex0411, re0207.
  13 - Love not sleep Some, however need to love it a little more. pr0609, pr1915.
  14 - Then he boasteth As we learn the unselfishness of Christ, we seek to be more than fair in our dealings. The lesson includes those buying antiques ph0206.
.15 There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
.16 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
 17 Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.
.18 Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.
 19 He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.
  15 - Gold That is, Jewelry pe0303f.
  16 - Strange woman The Hebrew text reads "stranger." Another manuscript family was followed by the KJV.
  17 - Deceit sweet The happy sweetness will turn bitter by the second death if not before re2007-15. Of course Job is is innocent.
.20 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.
 21 An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.
 22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.
.23 Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance is not good.
 24 Man's goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?
  20 - Curseth his father ... mother Contrary to the fifth commandment ex2012.
  24 - How can a [righteous] man know? He can't except in looking back to see that God has led. Read je1023, pr1625, pr1921.
 25 It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy, and after vows to make enquiry.
 26 A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them.
 27 The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.
.28 Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.
 29 The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the gray head.
 30 The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.
  25 - Devoureth Hebrew la'a' which means "to talk wildly." The verse may begin: "It is a snare to a man that he should rashly cry, Holy!" From the reading of the Septuagint, we would see this as making a vow or consecrating a place without careful consideration.
  28 - Mercy and truth Compare ps06107.
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