Proverbs 20 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Wine makes you mean, beer makes you quarrelsome - a staggering drunk is not much fun. 1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
2 Quick-tempered leaders are like mad dogs - cross them and they bite your head off. 2 A king's wrath is like the roar of a lion; he who angers him forfeits his life.
3 It's a mark of good character to avert quarrels, but fools love to pick fights. 3 It is to a man's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.
4 A farmer too lazy to plant in the spring has nothing to harvest in the fall. 4 A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.
5 Knowing what is right is like deep water in the heart; a wise person draws from the well within. 5 The purposes of a man's heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.
6 Lots of people claim to be loyal and loving, but where on earth can you find one? 6 Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?
7 God-loyal people, living honest lives, make it much easier for their children. 7 The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him.
8 Leaders who know their business and care keep a sharp eye out for the shoddy and cheap, 8 When a king sits on his throne to judge, he winnows out all evil with his eyes.
9 For who among us can be trusted to be always diligent and honest? 9 Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin"?
10 Switching price tags and padding the expense account are two things God hates. 10 Differing weights and differing measures-- the LORD detests them both.
11 Young people eventually reveal by their actions if their motives are on the up and up. Drinking from the Chalice of Knowledge 11 Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.
12 Ears that hear and eyes that see - we get our basic equipment from God! 12 Ears that hear and eyes that see-- the LORD has made them both.
13 Don't be too fond of sleep; you'll end up in the poorhouse. Wake up and get up; then there'll be food on the table. 13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.
14 The shopper says, "That's junk - I'll take it off your hands," then goes off boasting of the bargain. 14 "It's no good, it's no good!" says the buyer; then off he goes and boasts about his purchase.
15 Drinking from the beautiful chalice of knowledge is better than adorning oneself with gold and rare gems. 15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.
16 Hold tight to collateral on any loan to a stranger; beware of accepting what a transient has pawned. 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 Stolen bread tastes sweet, but soon your 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 Form your purpose by asking for counsel, then carry it out using all the help you can get. 18 Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance.
19 Gossips can't keep secrets, so never confide in blabbermouths. 19 A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much.
20 Anyone who curses father and mother extinguishes light and exists benighted. The Very Steps We Take 20 If a man curses his father or mother, his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.
21 A bonanza at the beginning is no guarantee of blessing at the end. 21 An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning will not be blessed at the end.
22 Don't ever say, "I'll get you for that!" Wait for God; he'll settle the score. 22 Do not say, "I'll pay you back for this wrong!" Wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.
23 God hates cheating in the marketplace; rigged scales are an outrage. 23 The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him.
24 The very steps we take come from God; otherwise how would we know where we're going? 24 A man's steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand his own way?
25 An impulsive vow is a trap; later you'll wish you could get out of it. 25 It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider his vows.
26 After careful scrutiny, a wise leader makes a clean sweep of rebels and dolts. 26 A wise king winnows out the wicked; he drives the threshing wheel over them.
27 God is in charge of human life, watching and examining us inside and out. 27 The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man; it searches out his inmost being.
28 Love and truth form a good leader; sound leadership is founded on loving integrity. 28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure.
29 Youth may be admired for vigor, but gray hair gives prestige to old age. 29 The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.
30 A good thrashing purges evil; punishment goes deep within us. 30 Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.