Proverbs 20

1Wine and beer make people lose control of themselves. They get loud and start to brag. They become drunk and do foolish things. 2The anger of a king is like the roar of a lion. If you make the king angry, then you could lose your life. 3Any fool can start an argument. So you should respect a person who refuses to argue. 4A lazy person is too lazy to plant seeds. So, at the time of harvest he looks for food and finds nothing. 5Good advice is like getting water from a deep well. But a wise person will try hard to learn from another person. 6Many people call a person”friend.” But it is really hard to find a person that can really be trusted. 7A good person lives a good life. And his children will be blessed. 8When the king sits and judges people, he must look carefully to separate the evil ˻from the good˼. 9Can any person really say that he has always done his best? Can any person really say that he has no sin? ˻No!˼ 10The Lord hates people that cheat other people using weights and measures that are not fair. 11Even a child shows that he is good or bad by the things he does. You can watch that child and know if he is honest and good. 12The Lord gave us eyes to see with and ears to hear with—˻use them˼! 13If you love to sleep, then you will become poor. But use your time working and you will have plenty to eat. 14The person who buys something from you always says, “It’s no good! It costs too much!” Then that person goes away and tells other people that he made a good deal. 15Gold and jewels can make a man rich. But a person who knows what he is talking about is worth much, much more. 16You will lose your shirt if you make yourself responsible for another man’s debts. 17If you get something by cheating, it may seem like a good thing. But in the end it will be worth nothing. 18Get good advice before you make plans. If you are starting a war, find good people to guide you. 19A person who tells gossip about other people can’t be trusted. So don’t be friends with a person who talks too much. 20If a person curses his father or mother, then he is like a person whose light stops shinning in the darkest darkness. 21If your wealth was very easy to get, it will not be worth much to you. 22If someone does something against you, don’t try to punish him yourself. Wait for the Lord! In the end, he will make you the winner. 23Some people use weights and scales that are not accurate. They use those things so they can cheat people. The Lord hates that. That does not make him happy! 24The Lord decides what happens to every person. So how can any person understand what happens in his life? 25Think carefully before you promise to give something to God. Later you might wish that you had not made that promise. 26A wise king will decide which people are evil. And that king will punish those people. 27A person's spirit is like a lamp to the Lord. The Lord is able to see into the deepest parts of a person. 28If a king is loyal and true, then he will keep his power. His true love will keep his kingdom strong. 29We admire a young man for his strength. But we respect an old man for his gray hair—˻it shows he lived a full life˼. 30If we are punished, we will stop doing wrong. Pain can change a person.

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