Proverbs 20

1. The wine is powerful and drunkenness [leads to] cursing, and whoever abuses it is not wise.
2. The king's anger growls like a lion, and whoever allows it to fester sins against himself.
3. The glory of a man is in ending strife, and every fool [laughs in ridicule.]
4.The indolent person is scornful and will not shut up, and he begs* during harvest but there is no water for him.
5. The manifestation is deep in the heart of the king, and the wise man follows it.
6. Most of humanity are called merciful men, but who can find a faithful man?
7. The righteous persons who walk in innocence, blessed are the children that follow them.
8. The king sits on the chair of judgment, and all the evils scatter away from before him.
9. Who can say, 'My heart is innocent and cleansed of sin?'
10. The scales and the weighing, the measure and the measuring, they are both denigrated before Maryah.
11. The young are also known according to their works, whether clean of innocence their works.
12. The ear that listens and the eye that sees, it is Maryah who made them so.
13. Be not fond of sleep, so as not to become poor; except, open your eyes and eat your fill of bread.
14. A kinsman says to his companion that I have gained, and then he is praised.
15. And he says that there is plenty of gold and precious stones, and expensive vessels and lips of knowledge.
16. They took the rags* off the one who owed the foreigner, and they gave the foreigner his home.*
17. They made the man a debtor with false bread, and later they filled his mouth with pebbles.
18. Ideas are acquired through contemplation, and there must be an incentive for making war.
19. The false supplication* is of the devil, and do not mistake him for someone [merely] quick with his lips.
20. Whoever curses his father and his mother, his lamp shall be extinguished like the imminent darkness.
21. The inheritance that is rushed at the beginning, shall not be appreciated in the end.
22. Do not say that I shall repay evil, except depend on Maryah to save you.
23. Weights and measures are a defilement before Maryah, and the cheating scales are abhorred.
24. It is from before Maryah that a man's walk is attained, and who is the human being that attains her or his own way?
25. It is a trap for a human being to make a sacred offering, and after he or she makes the offering, they regret it in their souls.
26. The wise king scatters the evildoers,* and he turns the wheel upon them.*
27. Maryah's lamp is the human being's ability to smell, and it can illuminate all contents of the belly.
28. Goodness and rectitude guard the king, and his throne is established with grace.
29. The glory of youth is their strength, and the dignity of priests is their old age.
30. Battery and punishment are encountered by the evildoers, and the plagues cause them pain in their bellies.


*20:4 Lit. Ar. id.: "Asks."
*20:16.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Scrapings."
*20:16.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Upon the faces."
*20:19 Lit. Ar. id.: "Entreaty."
*20:26.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Abominables."
*20:26.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Sends them to the outside."

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