Proverbs 20

Read this chapter to learn some lessons and advice that God gives in the bible.
If only you would have known:

20 Wine produces mockers; alcohol leads to brawls.
    Those led astray by drink cannot be wise.
2 The king’s fury is like a lion’s roar;
    to rouse his anger is to risk your life.
3 Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor;
    only fools insist on quarreling.
4 Those too lazy to plow in the right season
    will have no food at the harvest.
5 Though good advice lies deep within the heart,
    a person with understanding will draw it out.
6 Many will say they are loyal friends,
    but who can find one who is truly reliable?
7 The godly walk with integrity;
    blessed are their children who follow them.
8 When a king sits in judgment, he weighs all the evidence,
    distinguishing the bad from the good.
9 Who can say, “I have cleansed my heart;
    I am pure and free from sin”?
10 False weights and unequal measures—
    the Lord detests double standards of every kind.
11 Even children are known by the way they act,
    whether their conduct is pure, and whether it is right.
12 Ears to hear and eyes to see—
    both are gifts from the Lord.
13 If you love sleep, you will end in poverty.
    Keep your eyes open, and there will be plenty to eat!
14 The buyer haggles over the price, saying, “It’s worthless,”
    then brags about getting a bargain!
15 Wise words are more valuable
    than much gold and many rubies.
16 Get security from someone who guarantees a stranger’s debt.
    Get a deposit if he does it for foreigners.[b]
17 Stolen bread tastes sweet,
    but it turns to gravel in the mouth.
18 Plans succeed through good counsel;
    don’t go to war without wise advice.
19 A gossip goes around telling secrets,
    so don’t hang around with chatterers.
20 If you insult your father or mother,
    your light will be snuffed out in total darkness.
21 An inheritance obtained too early in life
    is not a blessing in the end.
22 Don’t say, “I will get even for this wrong.”
    Wait for the Lord to handle the matter.
23 The Lord detests double standards;
    he is not pleased by dishonest scales.
24 The Lord directs our steps,
    so why try to understand everything along the way?
25 Don’t trap yourself by making a rash promise to God
    and only later counting the cost.
26 A wise king scatters the wicked like wheat,
    then runs his threshing wheel over them.
27 The Lord’s light penetrates the human spirit,
    exposing every hidden motive.
28 Unfailing love and faithfulness protect the king;
    his throne is made secure through love.
29 The glory of the young is their strength;
    the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old.
30 Physical punishment cleanses away evil;
    such discipline purifies the heart.
-Proverbs 20

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Proverbs 22:17-29

Sayings of the Wise

17 Listen to the words of the wise;
apply your heart to my instruction.
18 For it is good to keep these sayings in your heart
and always ready on your lips.
19 I am teaching you today—yes, you—
so you will trust in the Lord.
20 I have written thirty sayings for you,
filled with advice and knowledge.
21 In this way, you may know the truth
and take an accurate report to those who sent you.
22 Don’t rob the poor just because you can,
or exploit the needy in court.
23 For the Lord is their defender.
He will ruin anyone who ruins them.
24 Don’t befriend angry people
or associate with hot-tempered people,
25 or you will learn to be like them
and endanger your soul.
26 Don’t agree to guarantee another person’s debt
or put up security for someone else.
27 If you can’t pay it,
even your bed will be snatched from under you.
28 Don’t cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers
set up by previous generations.
29 Do you see any truly competent workers?
They will serve kings
rather than working for ordinary people.

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Proverbs 16

Proverbs 16 

16 We can make our own plans,
    but the Lord gives the right answer.

People may be pure in their own eyes,
    but the Lord examines their motives.

Commit your actions to the Lord,
    and your plans will succeed.

The Lord has made everything for his own purposes,
    even the wicked for a day of disaster.

The Lord detests the proud;
    they will surely be punished.

Unfailing love and faithfulness make atonement for sin.
    By fearing the Lord, people avoid evil.

When people’s lives please the Lord,
    even their enemies are at peace with them.

Better to have little, with godliness,
    than to be rich and dishonest.

We can make our plans,
    but the Lord determines our steps.

10 The king speaks with divine wisdom;
    he must never judge unfairly.

11 The Lord demands accurate scales and balances;
    he sets the standards for fairness.

12 A king detests wrongdoing,
    for his rule is built on justice.

13 The king is pleased with words from righteous lips;
    he loves those who speak honestly.

14 The anger of the king is a deadly threat;
    the wise will try to appease it.

15 When the king smiles, there is life;
    his favor refreshes like a spring rain.

16 How much better to get wisdom than gold,
    and good judgment than silver!

17 The path of the virtuous leads away from evil;
    whoever follows that path is safe.

18 Pride goes before destruction,
    and haughtiness before a fall.

19 Better to live humbly with the poor
    than to share plunder with the proud.

20 Those who listen to instruction will prosper;
    those who trust the Lord will be joyful.

21 The wise are known for their understanding,
    and pleasant words are persuasive.

22 Discretion is a life-giving fountain to those who possess it,
    but discipline is wasted on fools.

23 From a wise mind comes wise speech;
    the words of the wise are persuasive.

24 Kind words are like honey—
    sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.

25 There is a path before each person that seems right,
    but it ends in death.

26 It is good for workers to have an appetite;
    an empty stomach drives them on.

27 Scoundrels create trouble;
    their words are a destructive blaze.

28 A troublemaker plants seeds of strife;
    gossip separates the best of friends.

29 Violent people mislead their companions,
    leading them down a harmful path.

30 With narrowed eyes, people plot evil;
    with a smirk, they plan their mischief.

31 Gray hair is a crown of glory;
    it is gained by living a godly life.

32 Better to be patient than powerful;
    better to have self-control than to conquer a city.

33 We may throw the dice,
    but the Lord determines how they fall.