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Proverbs 20 LEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Wine [is] a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and any who go astray by it are not wise. 1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
2 Roaring like the lion [is the] dreaded anger of a king; he who provokes him 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] honorable for the man to refrain from strife, but every fool will be quick to quarrel. 3 It is to a man's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.
4 The lazy person will not plow in season; he will expect at the harvest, but there [will be] nothing. 4 A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.
5 Deep waters [are like] purpose in the heart of a man, and 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 person will proclaim his loyalty [for] himself, but a man [who is] trustworthy, who can find? 6 Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?
7 He who walks in his integrity [is] righteous; happy are his children who follow 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 will say "I have made my heart clean; I am pure from my sin"? 9 Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin"?
10 Stone and stone, measure and measure, {both of them} [are] an abomination of Yahweh. 10 Differing weights and differing measures-- the LORD detests them both.
11 Even by his acts, a {young man} will make himself known, whether his acts are pure and upright. 11 Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.
12 The ear that hears and the eye that sees, Yahweh has made {them both}. 12 Ears that hear and eyes that see-- the LORD has made them both.
13 Do not love sleep, lest you become poor; open your eyes [and] have plenty bread. 13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.
14 "Bad, bad," the buyer will say, but [when] one goes to him, then he will boast. 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 many costly stones, but precious jewels are lips of knowledge. 15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.
16 Take his garment, for he has given security [to] a stranger, and on behalf of a foreigner--take it as pledge. 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 for the man, but afterward, 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 A plan will be established by advice, and with guidance make war. 18 Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance.
19 He reveals a secret, he who walks [about with] gossip, and do not associate with a babbler's lips. 19 A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much.
20 He who curses his father and his mother, his lamp will be extinguished {in the midst of darkness}. 20 If a man curses his father or mother, his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.
21 An inheritance acquired [hastily] {at the beginning} will not be blessed at its 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 Yahweh 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 An abomination of Yahweh [is] {a stone and a weight}, and scales of falsehood are not good. 23 The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him.
24 [Away] from Yahweh are the steps of a strong man, and how will humankind understand his 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 humankind to say rashly "[It is] holy," and after vows, to scrutinize. 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 he will drive a wheel over them. 26 A wise king winnows out the wicked; he drives the threshing wheel over them.
27 The lamp of Yahweh [is] the spirit of humankind, he who searches every {innermost part}. 27 The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man; it searches out his inmost being.
28 Loyalty and faithfulness will preserve a king, and he is upheld with the righteousness of 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, but the beauty of the aged [is] gray hair. 29 The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.
30 The blows of a wound will cleanse evil, as will beatings of the {innermost part}. 30 Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.