Proverbs 20:11-20

11Even a child is known by his acts, whether his conduct is pure and right.

12The ear for hearing and the eye for seeing; the LORD has made them both.

13Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes and you will have plenty of bread.

14“Bad, bad,” says the buyer, but when he is gone, he boasts.

15There is gold and abundance of pearls, but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

16Take a man’s garment when he has put up security for a stranger, and hold it in pledge when he puts up security for foreigners.

17Bread taken in deceit is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth is filled with gravel.

18Plans are established by counsel, and with sound advice make war.

19Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets; do not associate with a babbler.

20He who curses his father and mother, his lamp will be put out in utter darkness.

Actions speak louder than words (11), and God made the variety of senses (12). Laziness makes one poor, but diligence gives you plenty (13). What someone complains about during negotiation, he’ll boast about after the transaction (14). One who speaks knowledge is more valuable than the rich (15). It is a bad idea to put up security for someone else’s loan if you don’t know them (16). You will never be truly satisfied with deceitful gain (17). When making plans, involve others for the purpose of counsel (18). Don’t associate with a gossip (19). Cursing your father and mother is a great way to be cursed yourself (20).

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