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Proverbs 20 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Wine makes men foolish, and strong drink makes men come to blows; and whoever comes into error through these is not wise. 1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
2 The wrath of a king is like the loud cry of a lion: he who makes him angry does wrong against himself. 2 A king's wrath is like the roar of a lion; he who angers him forfeits his life.
3 It is an honour for a man to keep from fighting, but the foolish are ever at war. 3 It is to a man's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.
4 The hater of work will not do his ploughing because of the winter; so at the time of grain-cutting he will be requesting food and will get nothing. 4 A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.
5 The purpose in the heart of a man is like deep water, but a man of good sense will get it out. 5 The purposes of a man's heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.
6 Most men make no secret of their kind acts: but where is a man of good faith to be seen? 6 Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?
7 An upright man goes on in his righteousness: happy are his children after him! 7 The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him.
8 A king on the seat of judging puts to flight 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 is able to say, I have made my heart clean, I am free from my sin? 9 Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin"?
10 Unequal weights and unequal measures, they are all disgusting to the Lord. 10 Differing weights and differing measures-- the LORD detests them both.
11 Even a child may be judged by his doings, if his work is free from sin and if it is 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 are equally the Lord's work. 12 Ears that hear and eyes that see-- the LORD has made them both.
13 Do not be a lover of sleep, or you will become poor: keep your eyes open, and you will have bread enough. 13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.
14 A poor thing, a poor thing, says he who is giving money for goods: but when he has gone on his way, then he makes clear his pride in what he has got. 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 a store of corals: but the lips of knowledge are a jewel of great price. 15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.
16 Take a man's clothing if he makes himself responsible for a strange man, and get an undertaking from him who gives his word for strange men. 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 deceit is sweet to a man; but after, his mouth will be full of sand. 17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man, but he ends up with a mouth full of gravel.
18 Every purpose is put into effect by wise help: and by wise guiding make war. 18 Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance.
19 He who goes about talking of the business of others gives away secrets: so have nothing to do with him whose lips are open wide. 19 A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much.
20 If anyone puts a curse on his father or his mother, his light will be put out in the blackest night. 20 If a man curses his father or mother, his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.
21 A heritage may be got quickly at first, but the end of it will not be a blessing. 21 An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning will not be blessed at the end.
22 Do not say, I will give punishment for evil: go on waiting for the Lord, and he will be your saviour. 22 Do not say, "I'll pay you back for this wrong!" Wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.
23 Unequal weights are disgusting to the Lord, and false scales are not good. 23 The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him.
24 A man's steps are of the Lord; how then may a man have knowledge of his way? 24 A man's steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand his own way?
25 It is a danger to a man to say without thought, It is holy, and, after taking his oaths, to be questioning if it is necessary to keep them. 25 It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider his vows.
26 A wise king puts evil-doers to flight, and makes their evil-doing come back on them. 26 A wise king winnows out the wicked; he drives the threshing wheel over them.
27 The Lord keeps watch over the spirit of man, searching all the deepest parts of the body. 27 The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man; it searches out his inmost being.
28 Mercy and good faith keep the king safe, and the seat of his power is based on upright acts. 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 honour of old men is their grey hairs. 29 The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.
30 By the wounds of the rod evil is taken away, and blows make clean the deepest parts of the body. 30 Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.