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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.

5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.


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Matthew Henry's Proverbs Chapter 20 Bible commentary...

1 It seems hard to believe that men of the greatest abilities, as well as the ignorant, should render themselves fools and madmen, merely for the taste or excitement produced by strong liquors. #2|. How formidable kings are to those who provoke them! how much more foolish then is it to provoke the King of kings! #3|. To engage in quarrels is the greatest folly that can be. Yield, and even give up just demands, for peace' sake. #4|. He who labours and endures hardship in his seed-time for eternity, will be properly diligent as to his earthly business. 5|. Though many capable of giving wise counsel are silent, yet something may be drawn from them, which will reward those who obtain it. #6|. It is hard to find those that have done, and will do more good than they speak, or care to hear spoken of. 7|. A good man is not liable to uneasiness in contriving what he shall do, or in reflecting on what he has done, as those who walk in deceit. And his family fare better for his sake. #8|. If great men are good men, they may do much good, and prevent very much evil. #9|. Some can say, Through grace, we are cleaner than we have been; but it was the work of the Holy Spirit. #10|. See the various deceits men use, of which the love of money is the root. The Lord will not bless what is thus gotten. #11|. Parents should observe their children, that they may manage them accordingly. #12|. All our powers and faculties are from God, and are to be employed for him. #13|. Those that indulge themselves, may expect to want necessaries, which should have been gotten by honest labour. #14|. Men use arts to get a good bargain, and to buy cheap; whereas a man ought to be ashamed of a fraud and a lie. #15|. He that prefers true knowledge to riches, follows the ways of religion and happiness. If we really believed this truth, the word of God would be valued as it deserves, and the world would lose its tempting influence. #16|. Those ruin themselves who entangle themselves in rash suretiship. Also those who are in league with abandoned women. Place no confidence in either. #17|. Wealth gotten by fraud may be sweet, for the carnal mind takes pleasure in the success of wicked devices; but it will be bitter in the reflection. #18|. Especially we need advice in spiritual warfare. The word and Spirit of God are the best counsellors in every point. #19|. Those dearly buy their own praise, who put confidence in a man because he speaks fairly. #20|. An undutiful child will become very miserable. Never let him expect any peace or comfort. #21|. An estate suddenly raised, is often as suddenly ruined. #22|. Wait on the Lord, attend his pleasure, and he will protect thee. 23|. A bargain made by fraud will prove a losing bargain in the end. #24|. How can we form plans, and conduct business, independently of the Lord? #25|. The evasions men often use with their own consciences show how false and deceitful man is. #26|. Justice should crush the wicked, and separate them from the virtuous. #27|. The rational soul and conscience are as a lamp within us, which should be used in examining our dispositions and motives with the revealed will of God. #28|. Mercy and truth are the glories of God's throne. #29|. Both young and old have their advantages; and let neither despise or envy the other. 30|. Severe rebukes sometimes do a great deal of good. But such is the corruption of nature, that men are loth to be rebuked for their sins. If God uses severe afflictions, to purify our hearts and fit us for his service, we have cause to be very thankful.


Recent Comments for Proverbs Chapter 20...


Matthew's Proverbs Chapter 20 comment about verse 1 on 4/06/2014, 6:39pm...

Other translations of this verse state "whoever errs by these is not wise ". Ephesians 5 18 states "Be ye not filled with wine, wherein is excess, but be filled with the Holy Spirit ". To me, Ephesians 5 18 speaks volumes. If you break down the language that is being used you 'll find 1 wine and the Holy Spirit cannot exist together be ye not filled with wine, but be filled with the Holy Spirit. The usage of the conjunction "but " implies it has to be one or the other. 2 Some feel that the phrase "wherein is excess " means drunkenness or a large consumption... That a drink is ok. Personally I don 't find that to be the case. I think the verse conveys, by that statement, that any consumption leads to excess. Look at it this way if I were to take an empty glass and fill it, it has volume, however, if I take the same empty glass and place a drop of water into it, what have I done? By no means is it "full ", but it is more "filled " than it was initially. I feel this verse cautions against any intake, no matter how much or how little. May the love of the Father be ever with you.


Frank's Proverbs Chapter 20 comment about verse 30 on 2/13/2014, 11:03am...

proverbs 20 30 actually true Can it be used to purge out an extremely deep rooted unhealthy sexual desire that just has not gone away domestic discipline I understand it is a VERY drastic and last resort action but if this can save the man and save his marriage by allowing his spouse to administer this discipline is this scriptural


Nisha313's Proverbs Chapter 20 comment about verse 24 on 1/31/2014, 10:16am...

This is a awesome and powerfull verse. I love it!!
This goes back to just putting your trust in God and believing on Him and He will put you on the path He designed just for you. Be blessed!


Patrice's Proverbs Chapter 20 comment about verse 11 on 1/27/2014, 5:02pm...

Proverbs 20:11 is one of the very best verses to start teaching a little child with. Even a 3-year old can under stand the simple wording. There is no chastising in this verse, only observational teaching that tells a child "You show me who you are by how you behave!" It will echo in their spirits in strategic times.


Dan's Proverbs Chapter 20 comment about verse 29 on 1/16/2014, 7:00am...

we have to use our strength in the true path of our youth cause if we do that we benfit in it


Sarah's Proverbs Chapter 20 comment about verse 1 on 12/19/2013, 6:30pm...

so my dad has raised me to beleive that drinking any form of beer or wine is a sin and I feel like wine or alcohol itself isn't bad... i know that the bible talks about being a drunkard and how thats bad.
but I have yet to find in the bible where it actually says drinking is a sin.
if ya'll have a verse i would definitely be interested in knowing it. my dad cant give me a verse that says that he's given me this verse. Provebs 20:1 but it just tells the effects of being drunk or drinking too much..


One's Proverbs Chapter 20 comment on 11/03/2013, 11:14am...

Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy. (proverbs 20:28) It is important that we focus on Mercy and Honesty; For we must forgive........And I say again "WE MUST FORGIVE!" For if we don't forgive; not only do we not get forgiven by God, but we go on through life in death: Death meaning a loss of anything productive like: Peace, Joy, Wealth, Health, Time; Just in general a loss in the abundance of everything good in your life. Cause Peace, Love, Joy, is true life, and very good, but grudges stops and destroys the consistency of true life; witch makes grudges one of the most dangerous possessions' in are life,


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