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Proverbs 20 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Wine is a mocker; beer a carouser. Those it leads astray won't become wise. 1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
2 A king is as terrifying as a lion's growl. Those who anger him may lose their life. 2 A king's wrath is like the roar of a lion; he who angers him forfeits his life.
3 It is honorable to back off from a fight, but fools jump right in. 3 It is to a man's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.
4 The lazy don't plow during winter; at harvest they look but find nothing. 4 A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.
5 Advice comes from the deep waters of the heart; those with understanding can draw it out. 5 The purposes of a man's heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.
6 Many people will say that they are loyal, but who can find a reliable person? 6 Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?
7 The righteous live with integrity; happy are their children who come after them. 7 The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him.
8 A king who sits on his judgment throne sifts out 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'm innocent to the core; I'm cleansed from my sin"? 9 Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin"?
10 False weights and measures— the LORD detests them both. 10 Differing weights and differing measures-- the LORD detests them both.
11 Even young people are known by their actions, whether their conduct is pure and upright. 11 Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.
12 Ears to hear and eyes to see— the LORD made them both. 12 Ears that hear and eyes that see-- the LORD has made them both.
13 Don't love sleep or you will be poor; stay alert and you will have plenty to eat. 13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.
14 The buyer says, "Bad, bad," but then goes away and brags. 14 "It's no good, it's no good!" says the buyer; then off he goes and boasts about his purchase.
15 Much gold and many pearls exist, but wise speech is the most precious jewel. 15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.
16 Take the garment of the person who secures a loan for a stranger; take his pledge for a foreigner. 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 Stolen bread is sweet, but afterward the mouth is full of gravel. 17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man, but he ends up with a mouth full of gravel.
18 Plans are firmed up by advice; wage wars with good guidance. 18 Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance.
19 Gossips reveal secrets; don't associate with those who talk too much. 19 A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much.
20 Those who curse their father or mother— their lamp will be snuffed out when it becomes dark. 20 If a man curses his father or mother, his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.
21 Inheritance gained quickly at first won't bless later on. 21 An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning will not be blessed at the end.
22 Don't say, "I'll repay the evildoer!" Wait for the LORD, and he will save you. 22 Do not say, "I'll pay you back for this wrong!" Wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.
23 The LORD detests false weights; deceptive scales aren't right. 23 The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him.
24 A person's steps are from the LORD; how then can people understand their path? 24 A man's steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand his own way?
25 It is a snare to say rashly, "It is holy," and only reflect after making the promise. 25 It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider his vows.
26 A wise king sifts out the wicked, and runs them over with a wheel. 26 A wise king winnows out the wicked; he drives the threshing wheel over them.
27 The breath of a person is the lamp of the LORD, searching all the inmost parts. 27 The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man; it searches out his inmost being.
28 Kindness and faithfulness protect the king; he supports his throne by kindness. 28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure.
29 Strength is the glory of young men; gray hair is the splendor of old age. 29 The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.
30 Blows and bruises remove evil; beatings cleanse the inner parts. 30 Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.