Proverbs 20 ASV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler; And whosoever erreth thereby is not wise. 1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
2 The terror of a king is as the roaring of a lion: He that provoketh him to anger sinneth [against] his own life. 2 A king's wrath is like the roar of a lion; he who angers him forfeits his life.
3 It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife; But every fool will be quarrelling. 3 It is to a man's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.
4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the winter; Therefore he shall beg in harvest, and have nothing. 4 A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.
5 Counsel in the heart of man is [like] deep water; But a man of understanding will draw it out. 5 The purposes of a man's heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.
6 Most men will proclaim every one his own kindness; But a faithful man who can find? 6 Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?
7 A righteous man that walketh in his integrity, Blessed are his children after him. 7 The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him.
8 A king that sitteth on the throne of judgment Scattereth away all evil with his eyes. 8 When a king sits on his throne to judge, he winnows out all evil with his eyes.
9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin? 9 Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin"?
10 Diverse weights, and diverse measures, Both of them alike are an abomination to Jehovah. 10 Differing weights and differing measures-- the LORD detests them both.
11 Even a child maketh himself known by his doings, Whether his work be pure, and whether it be right. 11 Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.
12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, Jehovah hath made even both of them. 12 Ears that hear and eyes that see-- the LORD has made them both.
13 Love not sleep, let thou come to poverty; Open thine eyes, [and] thou shalt be satisfied with bread. 13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.
14 It is bad, it is bad, saith the buyer; But when he is gone his way, then he boasteth. 14 "It's no good, it's no good!" says the buyer; then off he goes and boasts about his purchase.
15 There is gold, and abundance of rubies; But the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel. 15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.
16 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger; And hold him in pledge [that is surety] for foreigners. 16 Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger; hold it in pledge if he does it for a wayward woman.
17 Bread of falsehood is sweet to a man; But afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel. 17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man, but he ends up with a mouth full of gravel.
18 Every purpose is established by counsel; And by wise guidance make thou war. 18 Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance.
19 He that goeth about as a tale-bearer revealeth secrets; Therefore company not with him that openeth wide his lips. 19 A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much.
20 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, His lamp shall be put out in blackness of darkness. 20 If a man curses his father or mother, his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.
21 An inheritance [may be] gotten hastily at the beginning; But the end thereof shall not be blessed. 21 An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning will not be blessed at the end.
22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil: Wait for Jehovah, and he will save thee. 22 Do not say, "I'll pay you back for this wrong!" Wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.
23 Diverse weights are an abomination to Jehovah; And a false balance is not good. 23 The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him.
24 A man's goings are of Jehovah; How then can man understand his way? 24 A man's steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand his own way?
25 It is a snare to a man rashly to say, [It is] holy, And after vows to make inquiry. 25 It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider his vows.
26 A wise king winnoweth the wicked, And bringeth the [threshing] -wheel over them. 26 A wise king winnows out the wicked; he drives the threshing wheel over them.
27 The spirit of man is the lamp of Jehovah, Searching all his innermost parts. 27 The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man; it searches out his inmost being.
28 Kindness and truth preserve the king; And his throne is upholden by kindness. 28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure.
29 The glory of young men is their strength; And the beauty of old men is the hoary head. 29 The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.
30 Stripes that wound cleanse away evil; And strokes [reach] the innermost parts. 30 Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.