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Jehovah’s Witnesses

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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Proverbs 20:1-30

20  Wine is a ridiculer,+ intoxicating liquor is boisterous,+ and everyone going astray by it is not wise.+  The frightfulness of a king is a growling like that of a maned young lion.+ Anyone drawing his fury against himself is sinning against his own soul.+  It is a glory for a man to desist from disputing,+ but everyone foolish will burst out [in it].+  Because of winter the lazy one will not plow;+ he will be begging in reaping time, but there will be nothing.+  Counsel in the heart of a man is as deep waters,+ but the man of discernment is one that will draw it up.+  A multitude of men* will proclaim each one his own loving-kindness,*+ but a faithful man* who can find?+  The righteous is walking in his integrity.+ Happy are his sons after him.+  The king is sitting upon the throne of judgment,*+ scattering all badness with his own eyes.+  Who can say: “I have cleansed my heart;+ I have become pure from my sin”?+ 10  Two sorts of weights and two sorts of e′phah measures+—they are both of them together something detestable to Jehovah.+ 11  Even by his practices a boy makes himself recognized as to whether his activity is pure and upright.+ 12  The hearing ear and the seeing eye—Jehovah himself has made even both of them.+ 13  Do not love sleep, that you may not come to poverty.+ Open your eyes; be satisfied with bread.+ 14  “It is bad, bad!” says the buyer, and he is going his way.+ Then it is that he boasts about himself.+ 15  There exists gold, also an abundance of corals; but the lips of knowledge are precious vessels.+ 16  Take one’s garment, in case one has gone surety for a stranger;+ and in the instance of a foreign woman, seize from him a pledge.+ 17  Bread [gained by] falsehood is pleasurable to a man,+ but afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.+ 18  By counsel plans themselves are firmly established,+ and by skillful direction carry on your war.+ 19  He that is going about as a slanderer is uncovering confidential talk;+ and with one that is enticed* with his lips you must have no fellowship.+ 20  As for anyone calling down evil upon his father and his mother,+ his lamp will be extinguished at the approach of darkness.+ 21  An inheritance is being got by greed* at first,+ but its own future will not be blessed.+ 22  Do not say: “I will pay back evil!”+ Hope in Jehovah,+ and he will save you.+ 23  Two sorts of weights are something detestable to Jehovah,+ and a cheating pair of scales is not good.+ 24  From Jehovah are the steppings of an able-bodied man.+ As regards earthling man, how can he discern his way?+ 25  It is a snare when earthling man has rashly cried out, “Holy!”+ and after vows+ [he is disposed] to make examination.+ 26  A wise king is scattering wicked people,+ and he turns around upon them a wheel.*+ 27  The breath*+ of earthling man is the lamp of Jehovah, carefully searching all the innermost parts of the belly.+ 28  Loving-kindness and trueness*—they safeguard the king;+ and by loving-kindness he has sustained his throne.+ 29  The beauty of young men is their power,+ and the splendor of old men is their gray-headedness.+ 30  Bruising wounds are what scours away the bad;+ and strokes, the innermost parts of the belly.+

Footnotes

“A multitude of men.” Heb., rov-ʼa·dham′.
Or, “loyal love.”
Lit., “but a man of faithfulnesses.” Heb., weʼish′ ʼemu·nim′.
“Judgment.” Heb., dhin; Lat., iu·di′ci·i.
“Is wide open,” by another derivation.
“Got by greed,” M; TSyVg, “got hastily.”
“A wheel,” M; by a slight correction, “their own hurtfulness.”
“The breath of.” Heb., nish·math′, as in Ge 2:7.
Or, “and truth.” Heb., we·ʼemeth′.