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Chapter 20

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There is a rebuke that is untimely, and there is the person who is wise enough to keep silent. 2 How much better it is to rebuke than to fume! 3 And the one who admits his fault will be kept from failure. 4 Like a eunuch lusting to violate a girl is the person who does right under compulsion. 5 Some people keep silent and are thought to be wise, while others are detested for being talkative. 6 Some people keep silent because they have nothing to say, while others keep silent because they know when to speak. 7 The wise remain silent until the right moment, but a boasting fool misses the right moment. 8 Whoever talks too much is detested, and whoever pretends to authority is hated. a Other ancient authorities add All these things he did to the hard‐hearted nations, and by the multitude of his holy ones he was not appeased.

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There may be good fortune for a person in adversity, and a windfall may result in a loss. 10 There is the gift that profits you nothing, and the gift to be paid back double. 11 There are losses for the sake of glory, and there are some who have raised their heads from humble circumstances. 12 Some buy much for little, but pay for it seven times over. 13 The wise make themselves beloved by only few words, b Other ancient authorities add Chastising, showing mercy, striking, healing, the Lord persisted in mercy and discipline. but the courtesies of fools are wasted. 14 A fool's gift will profit you nothing, c Gk him for he looks for recompense sevenfold. d Other ancient authorities add 15The Lord hardened Pharaoh so that he did not recognize him, in order that his works might be known under heaven. 16His mercy is manifest to the whole of creation, and he divided his light and darkness with a plumb line. 15 He gives little and upbraids much; he opens his mouth like a town crier. Today he lends and tomorrow he asks it back; such a one is hateful to God and humans. e Other ancient authorities add The whole world past and present is in his will. 16 The fool says, “I have no friends, and I get no thanks for my good deeds. Those who eat my bread are evil‐tongued.” 17 How many will ridicule him, and how often! f Meaning of Gk uncertain: Heb Syr If I sin, no eye can see me, and if I am disloyal all in secret, who is to know?

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A slip on the pavement is better than a slip of the tongue; the downfall of the wicked will occur just as speedily. 19 A coarse person is like an inappropriate story, continually on the lips of the ignorant. 20 A proverb from a fool's lips will be rejected, for he does not tell it at the proper time.

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One may be prevented from sinning by poverty; so when he rests he feels no remorse. 22 One may lose his life through shame, or lose it because of human respect. g Heb the decree: Gk the covenant 23 Another out of shame makes promises to a friend, and so makes an enemy for nothing.

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A lie is an ugly blot on a person; it is continually on the lips of the ignorant. 25 A thief is preferable to a habitual liar, but the lot of both is ruin. 26 A liar's way leads to disgrace, and his shame is ever with him.

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c Other ancient authorities add All these things he did to the hard‐hearted nations, and by the multitude of his holy ones he was not appeased.

d Other ancient authorities add Chastising, showing mercy, striking, healing, the Lord persisted in mercy and discipline.

e Gk him

a Other ancient authorities add 15The Lord hardened Pharaoh so that he did not recognize him, in order that his works might be known under heaven. 16His mercy is manifest to the whole of creation, and he divided his light and darkness with a plumb line.

b Other ancient authorities add The whole world past and present is in his will.

c Meaning of Gk uncertain: Heb Syr If I sin, no eye can see me, and if I am disloyal all in secret, who is to know?

d Heb the decree: Gk the covenant

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