Proverbs 20 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Wine [makes people] mock, liquor [makes them] noisy, and everyone under their influence is unwise. 1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
2 The rage of a king is like the roar of a lion. Whoever makes him angry forfeits his life. 2 A king's wrath is like the roar of a lion; he who angers him forfeits his life.
3 Avoiding a quarrel is honorable. After all, any stubborn fool can start a fight. 3 It is to a man's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.
4 A lazy person does not plow in the fall. He looks for something in the harvest but finds nothing. 4 A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.
5 A motive in the human heart is like deep water, and a person who has understanding draws it out. 5 The purposes of a man's heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.
6 Many people declare themselves loyal, but who can find someone who is [really] trustworthy? 6 Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?
7 A righteous person lives on the basis of his integrity. Blessed are his children after he is gone. 7 The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him.
8 A king who sits on his throne to judge sifts out every 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've made my heart pure. I'm cleansed from my sin"? 9 Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin"?
10 A double standard of weights and measures-- both are disgusting to the LORD. 10 Differing weights and differing measures-- the LORD detests them both.
11 Even a child makes himself known by his actions, whether his deeds are pure or right. 11 Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.
12 The ear that hears, the eye that sees-- the LORD made them both. 12 Ears that hear and eyes that see-- the LORD has made them both.
13 Do not love sleep or you will end up poor. Keep your eyes open, 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 "Bad! Bad!" says the buyer. Then, as he goes away, he 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 There are gold and plenty of jewels, but the lips of knowledge are precious gems. 15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.
16 Hold on to the garment of one who guarantees a stranger's loan, and hold responsible the person who makes a loan on behalf of 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 Food gained dishonestly tastes sweet to a person, but afterwards his mouth will be filled with gravel. 17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man, but he ends up with a mouth full of gravel.
18 Plans are confirmed by getting advice, and with guidance one wages war. 18 Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance.
19 Whoever goes around as a gossip tells secrets. Do not associate with a person whose mouth is always open. 19 A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much.
20 The lamp of the person who curses his father and mother will be snuffed out in total darkness. 20 If a man curses his father or mother, his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.
21 An inheritance quickly obtained in the beginning will never 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'll get even with you!" 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 A double standard of weights is disgusting to the LORD, and dishonest scales are no good. 23 The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him.
24 The LORD is the one who directs a person's steps. How then 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 a person to say impulsively, "This is a holy offering!" and later to have second thoughts about those vows. 25 It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider his vows.
26 A wise king scatters the wicked and then runs them over. 26 A wise king winnows out the wicked; he drives the threshing wheel over them.
27 A person's soul is the LORD's lamp. It searches his entire innermost being. 27 The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man; it searches out his inmost being.
28 Mercy and truth protect a king, and with mercy he maintains his throne. 28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure.
29 While the glory of young men is their strength, the splendor of older people is their silver hair. 29 The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.
30 Brutal beatings cleanse away wickedness. Such beatings cleanse the innermost being. 30 Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.