Proverbs 20 ESV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it 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 like the growling of a lion; whoever provokes him to anger forfeits his 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 quarreling. 3 It is to a man's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.
4 The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing. 4 A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.
5 The purpose in a man's heart 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 Many a man proclaims his own steadfast love, but a faithful man who can find? 6 Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?
7 The righteous who walks 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 who sits on the throne of judgment winnows 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 pure; I am clean 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 are both alike an abomination to the LORD. 10 Differing weights and differing measures-- the LORD detests them both.
11 Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct 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 has made them both. 12 Ears that hear and eyes that see-- the LORD has made them both.
13 Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread. 13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.
14 "Bad, bad," says the buyer, but when he goes away, then he boasts. 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 costly stones, 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 a man's garment when he has put up security for a stranger, and hold it in pledge when he puts up security 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 gained by deceit is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth will be 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 established by counsel; by wise guidance wage war. 18 Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance.
19 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with a simple babbler. 19 A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much.
20 If one curses his father or his mother, his lamp will be put out in utter darkness. 20 If a man curses his father or mother, his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.
21 An inheritance gained hastily in the beginning will not be blessed in the end. 21 An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning will not be blessed at the end.
22 Do not say, "I will repay evil"; wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you. 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 an abomination 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 from the LORD; 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 say rashly, "It is holy," and to reflect only after making vows. 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 and drives the 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 the LORD, searching all his innermost parts. 27 The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man; it searches out his inmost being.
28 Steadfast love and faithfulness preserve the king, and by steadfast love his throne is upheld. 28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure.
29 The glory of young men is their strength, but the splendor of old men is their gray hair. 29 The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.
30 Blows that wound cleanse away evil; strokes make clean the innermost parts. 30 Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.