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Proverbs 20 CJB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) New International Version (NIV)
1 Wine is a mocker, strong liquor a rowdy; anyone led astray by it is unwise. 1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
2 The dread of a king is like when a lion roars; he who makes him angry commits a life-threatening sin. 2 A king's wrath is like the roar of a lion; he who angers him forfeits his life.
3 Avoiding quarrels brings a person honor; for any fool can explode in anger. 3 It is to a man's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.
4 A lazy person won't plow in winter; so at harvest-time, when he looks, there is nothing. 4 A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.
5 The heart's real intentions are like deep water; but a person with discernment draws them out. 5 The purposes of a man's heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.
6 Most people announce that they show kindness, but who can find someone faithful [enough to do it]? 6 Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?
7 The righteous live a life of integrity; happy are their children after them. 7 The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him.
8 The king seated on his judgment throne can winnow out all evil with his glance. 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 cleansed from my sin"? 9 Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin"?
10 False weights and false measures -ADONAI detests them both. 10 Differing weights and differing measures-- the LORD detests them both.
11 The character of even a child is known by how he acts, by whether his deeds are pure and 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 -ADONAI made them both. 12 Ears that hear and eyes that see-- the LORD has made them both.
13 If you love sleep, you will become poor; keep your eyes open, and you'll have plenty of food. 13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.
14 "Really bad stuff!" says the buyer [to the seller]; then he goes off and brags [about his bargain]. 14 "It's no good, it's no good!" says the buyer; then off he goes and boasts about his purchase.
15 A person may have gold and a wealth of pearls, but lips informed by knowledge are a precious jewel. 15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.
16 Seize his clothes, because he guaranteed a stranger's loan; take them as security for that unknown woman. 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 Food obtained by fraud may taste good, but later 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 After consultation, plans succeed; so take wise advice when waging war. 18 Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance.
19 A gossip goes around revealing secrets, so don't get involved with a talkative person. 19 A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much.
20 Whoever curses his father or mother -his lamp will go out in total darkness. 20 If a man curses his father or mother, his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.
21 Possessions acquired quickly at first will not be blessed in the end. 21 An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning will not be blessed at the end.
22 Don't say, "I'll pay back evil for evil"; wait for ADONAI to save you. 22 Do not say, "I'll pay you back for this wrong!" Wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.
23 ADONAI detests a double standard in weights, 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 ordered by ADONAI, so how can a person understand his own ways? 24 A man's steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand his own way?
25 It is a snare to dedicate a gift to God rashly and reflect on the vows only afterwards. 25 It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider his vows.
26 A wise king winnows the wicked [from the righteous] and threshes them under the cartwheel. 26 A wise king winnows out the wicked; he drives the threshing wheel over them.
27 The human spirit is a lamp of ADONAI; it searches one's inmost being. 27 The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man; it searches out his inmost being.
28 Grace and truth preserve a king; with grace he upholds his throne. 28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure.
29 The pride of the young is their strength; the dignity of the old is gray hair. 29 The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.
30 Blows that wound purge away evil, yes, beatings [cleanse] one's inmost being. 30 Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.