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Proverbs 20.16-30


16 Take the garment of one who has given surety for a stranger;
   seize the pledge given as surety for foreigners.
17 Bread gained by deceit is sweet,
   but afterwards the mouth will be full of gravel.
18 Plans are established by taking advice;
   wage war by following wise guidance.
19 A gossip reveals secrets;
   therefore do not associate with a babbler.
20 If you curse father or mother,
   your lamp will go out in utter darkness.
21 An estate quickly acquired in the beginning
   will not be blessed in the end.
22 Do not say, ‘I will repay evil’;
   wait for the Lord, and he will help you.
23 Differing weights are an abomination to the Lord,
   and false scales are not good.
24 All our steps are ordered by the Lord;
   how then can we understand our own ways?
25 It is a snare for one to say rashly, ‘It is holy’,
   and begin to reflect only after making a vow.
26 A wise king winnows the wicked,
   and drives the wheel over them.
27 The human spirit is the lamp of the Lord,
   searching every inmost part.
28 Loyalty and faithfulness preserve the king,
   and his throne is upheld by righteousness.*
29 The glory of youths is their strength,
   but the beauty of the aged is their grey hair.
30 Blows that wound cleanse away evil;
   beatings make clean the innermost parts.

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