Proverbs 20 CSB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Wine is a mocker, beer is a brawler, and whoever staggers because of them is not wise. 1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
2 A king's terrible wrath is like the roaring of a lion; anyone who provokes him endangers himself. 2 A king's wrath is like the roar of a lion; he who angers him forfeits his life.
3 It is honorable for a man to resolve a dispute, but any fool can get himself into a quarrel. 3 It is to a man's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.
4 The slacker does not plow during planting season; at harvest time he looks, and there is nothing. 4 A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.
5 Counsel in a man's heart is deep water; but a man of understanding draws it up. 5 The purposes of a man's heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.
6 Many a man proclaims his own loyalty, but who can find a trustworthy man? 6 Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?
7 The one who lives with integrity is righteous; his children who come after him will be happy. 7 The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him.
8 A king sitting on a throne to judge 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 have kept my heart pure; I am cleansed from my sin"? 9 Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin"?
10 Differing weights and varying measures- both are detestable to the Lord. 10 Differing weights and differing measures-- the LORD detests them both.
11 Even a young man is known by his actions- by whether his behavior is pure and upright. 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- 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 become poor; open your eyes, and you'll have enough to eat. 13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.
14 "It's worthless, it's worthless!" the buyer says, but after he is on his way, he gloats. 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 multitude of jewels, but knowledgeable lips are a rare treasure. 15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.
16 Take his garment, for he has put up security for a stranger; get collateral if it is 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 Food gained by fraud is sweet to a man, but afterwards his 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 Finalize plans through counsel, and wage war with sound guidance. 18 Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance.
19 The one who reveals secrets is a constant gossip; avoid someone with a big mouth. 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 deep darkness. 20 If a man curses his father or mother, his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.
21 An inheritance gained prematurely will not be blessed ultimately. 21 An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning will not be blessed at the end.
22 Don't say, "I will avenge this evil!" Wait on the Lord, and He will rescue you. 22 Do not say, "I'll pay you back for this wrong!" Wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.
23 Differing weights are detestable to the Lord, and dishonest scales are unfair. 23 The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him.
24 A man's steps are determined by the Lord, so how can anyone understand his own way? 24 A man's steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand his own way?
25 It is a trap for anyone to dedicate something rashly and later to reconsider his vows. 25 It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider his vows.
26 A wise king separates out the wicked and drives the threshing wheel over them. 26 A wise king winnows out the wicked; he drives the threshing wheel over them.
27 A person's breath is the lamp of the Lord, searching the innermost parts. 27 The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man; it searches out his inmost being.
28 Loyalty and faithfulness deliver a king; through loyalty he maintains his throne. 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 splendor of old men is gray hair. 29 The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.
30 Lashes and wounds purge away evil, and beatings cleanse the innermost parts. 30 Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.