A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water,
But a man of understanding draws it out.
Many a man proclaims his own loyalty,
But who can find a trustworthy man?
A righteous man who walks in his integrity—
How blessed are his sons after him.
A king who sits on the throne of justice
[a]Disperses all evil with his eyes.
Who can say, “I have cleansed my heart,
I am pure from my sin”?
[b]Differing weights and differing measures,
Both of them are abominable to the Lord.
It is by his deeds that a lad [c]distinguishes himself
If his conduct is pure and right.
The hearing ear and the seeing eye,
The Lord has made both of them.
Do not love sleep, or you will become poor;
Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with [d]food.
“Bad, bad,” says the buyer,
But when he goes his way, then he boasts.
- Proverbs 20:8 Or Sifts
- Proverbs 20:10 Lit A stone and a stone, an ephah and an ephah
- Proverbs 20:11 Or makes himself known
- Proverbs 20:13 Lit bread