Proverbs 20:16-30, Wait for the Lord


16Take his garment when he becomes surety for a stranger;

And for foreigners, hold him in pledge.

17Bread obtained by falsehood is sweet to a man,

But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.

18Prepare plans by consultation,

And make war by wise guidance.

19He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets,

Therefore do not associate with a gossip.

20He who curses his father or his mother,

His lamp will go out in time of darkness.

21An inheritance gained hurriedly at the beginning

Will not be blessed in the end.

22Do not say, “I will repay evil”;

Wait for the Lord, and He will save you.

23Differing weights are an abomination to the Lord,

And a false scale is not good.

24Man’s steps are ordained by the Lord,

How then can man understand his way?

25It is a trap for a man to say rashly, “It is holy!”

And after the vows to make inquiry.

26A wise king winnows the wicked,

And drives the threshing wheel over them.

27The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord,

Searching all the innermost parts of his being.

28Loyalty and truth preserve the king,

And he upholds his throne by righteousness.

29The glory of young men is their strength,

And the honor of old men is their gray hair.

30Stripes that wound scour away evil,

And strokes reach the innermost parts.

1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation


Action: What should waiting on God mean for living my life?