· Old Testament 


  Chapter 20  

20:1 How much better is it to reprove, than to be angry, and not to hinder him that confesseth in prayer.

20:2 The lust of an eunuch shall deflour a young maiden:

20:3 So is he that by violence executeth of the unwise.

20:4 How good is it, when thou art reproved, to shew repentance! for so thou shalt escape wilful sin.

20:5 There is one that holdeth his peace, that is found wise: and there is another that is hateful, that is bold in speech.

20:6 There is one that holdeth his peace, because he knoweth not what to say: and there is another that holdeth his peace, knowing the proper time.

20:7 A wise man will hold his peace till he see opportunity: but a babbler, and a fool, will regard no time.

20:8 He that useth many words shall hurt his own soul: and he that taketh authority to himself unjustly shall be hated.

20:9 There is success in evil things to a man without discipline, and there is a finding that turneth to loss.

20:10 There is a gift that is not profitable: and there is a gift, the recompense of which is double.

20:11 There is an abasement because of glory: and there is one that shall lift up his head from a low estate.

20:12 There is that buyeth much for a small price, and restoreth the same sevenfold.

20:13 A man wise in words shall make himself beloved: but the graces of fools shall be poured out.

20:14 The gift of the fool shall do thee no good: for his eyes are sevenfold.

20:15 He will give a few things, and upbraid much: and the opening of his mouth is the kindling of a fire.

20:16 To day a man lendeth, and to morrow he asketh it again: such a man as this is hateful.

20:17 A fool shall have no friend, and there shall be no thanks for his good deeds.

20:18 For they that eat his bread, are of a false tongue. How often, and how many will laugh him to scorn!

20:19 For he doth not distribute with right understanding that which was to be had: in like manner also that which was not to be had.

20:20 The slipping of a false tongue is as one that falleth on the pavement: so the fall of the wicked shall come speedily.

20:21 A man without grace is as a vain fable, it shall be continually in the mouth of the unwise.

20:22 A parable coming out of a fool's mouth shall be rejected: for he doth not speak it in due season.

20:23 There is that is hindered from sinning through want, and in his rest he shall be pricked.

20:24 There is that will destroy his own soul through shamefacedness, and by occasion of an unwise person he will destroy it: and by respect of person he will destroy himself.

20:25 There is that for bashfulness promiseth to his friend, and maketh him his enemy for nothing.

20:26 A lie is a foul blot in a man, and yet it will be continually in the mouth of men without discipline.

20:27 A thief is better than a man that is always lying: but both of them shall inherit destruction.

20:28 The manners of lying men are without honour: and their confusion is with them without ceasing.

20:29 A wise man shall advance himself with his words, and a prudent man shall please the great ones.

20:30 He that tilleth his land shall make a high heap of corn: and he that worketh justice shall be exalted: and he that pleaseth great men shall escape iniquity.

20:31 Presents and gifts blind the eyes of judges, and make them dumb in the mouth, so that they cannot correct.

20:32 O Wisdom that is hid, and treasure that is not seen: what profit is there in them both?

20:33 Better is he that hideth his folly, than the man that hideth his wisdom.