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Proverbs 20 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 Drinking too much makes you loud and foolish. It's stupid to get drunk. 1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
2 Fear an angry king as you would a growling lion; making him angry is suicide. 2 A king's wrath is like the roar of a lion; he who angers him forfeits his life.
3 Any fool can start arguments; the honorable thing is to stay out of them. 3 It is to a man's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.
4 A farmer too lazy to plow his fields at the right time will have nothing to harvest. 4 A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.
5 A person's thoughts are like water in a deep well, but someone with insight can draw them out. 5 The purposes of a man's heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.
6 Everyone talks about how loyal and faithful he is, but just try to find someone who really is! 6 Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?
7 Children are fortunate if they have a father who is honest and does what is right. 7 The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him.
8 The king sits in judgment and knows evil when he sees it. 8 When a king sits on his throne to judge, he winnows out all evil with his eyes.
9 Can anyone really say that his conscience is clear, that he has gotten rid of his sin? 9 Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin"?
10 The Lord hates people who use dishonest weights and measures. 10 Differing weights and differing measures-- the LORD detests them both.
11 Even children show what they are by what they do; you can tell if they are honest and good. 11 Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.
12 The Lord has given us eyes to see with and ears to listen with. 12 Ears that hear and eyes that see-- the LORD has made them both.
13 If you spend your time sleeping, you will be poor. Keep busy 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 customer always complains that the price is too high, but then he goes off and brags about the bargain he got. 14 "It's no good, it's no good!" says the buyer; then off he goes and boasts about his purchase.
15 If you know what you are talking about, you have something more valuable than gold or jewels. 15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.
16 Anyone stupid enough to promise to be responsible for a stranger's debts ought to have their own property held to guarantee payment. 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 What you get by dishonesty you may enjoy like the finest food, but sooner or later it will be like a mouthful of sand. 17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man, but he ends up with a mouth full of gravel.
18 Get good advice and you will succeed; don't go charging into battle without a plan. 18 Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance.
19 A gossip can never keep a secret. Stay away from people who talk too much. 19 A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much.
20 If you curse your parents, your life will end like a lamp that goes out in the dark. 20 If a man curses his father or mother, his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.
21 The more easily you get your wealth, the less good it will do you. 21 An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning will not be blessed at the end.
22 Don't take it on yourself to repay a wrong. Trust the Lord and he will make it right. 22 Do not say, "I'll pay you back for this wrong!" Wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.
23 The Lord hates people who use dishonest scales and weights. 23 The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him.
24 The Lord has determined our path; how then can anyone understand the direction his own life is taking? 24 A man's steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand his own way?
25 Think carefully before you promise an offering to God. You might regret it later. 25 It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider his vows.
26 A wise king will find out who is doing wrong, and will punish him without pity. 26 A wise king winnows out the wicked; he drives the threshing wheel over them.
27 The Lord gave us mind and conscience; we cannot hide from ourselves. 27 The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man; it searches out his inmost being.
28 A king will remain in power as long as his rule is honest, just, and fair. 28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure.
29 We admire the strength of youth and respect the gray hair of age. 29 The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.
30 Sometimes it takes a painful experience to make us change our ways. 30 Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.