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Proverbs 20 NAS/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, And whoever is intoxicated 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; He who provokes him to anger forfeits his own life. 2 A king's wrath is like the roar of a lion; he who angers him forfeits his life.
3 Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, But any fool will quarrel. 3 It is to a man's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.
4 The sluggard does not plow after the autumn, So he begs during the harvest and has nothing. 4 A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.
5 A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water, But a man of 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 a man proclaims his own loyalty, But who can find a trustworthy man? 6 Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?
7 A righteous man who walks in his integrity - How blessed are his sons 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 justice Disperses 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 cleansed my heart, I am pure from my sin "? 9 Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin"?
10 Differing weights and differing measures, Both of them are abominable to the LORD . 10 Differing weights and differing measures-- the LORD detests them both.
11 It is by his deeds that a lad distinguishes himself If his conduct is pure and right. 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 both of them. 12 Ears that hear and eyes that see-- the LORD has made them both.
13 Do not love sleep, or you will become poor; Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with food. 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 his way, 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 an abundance of jewels; But the lips of knowledge are a more precious thing. 15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.
16 Take his garment when he becomes surety for a stranger; And for foreigners, hold him in 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 obtained by falsehood is sweet to a 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 Prepare plans by consultation, And make war by wise guidance. 18 Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance.
19 He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, Therefore do not associate with a gossip . 19 A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much.
20 He who curses his father or his mother, His lamp will go out in time of darkness. 20 If a man curses his father or mother, his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.
21 An inheritance gained hurriedly at 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 save you. 22 Do not say, "I'll pay you back for this wrong!" Wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.
23 Differing weights are an abomination to the LORD , And a false scale is not good. 23 The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him.
24 Man's steps are ordained by 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 trap for a man to say rashly, "It is holy!" And after the vows to make inquiry. 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 threshing 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 the innermost parts of his being. 27 The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man; it searches out his inmost being.
28 Loyalty and truth preserve the king, And he upholds his throne by righteousness. 28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure.
29 The glory of young men is their strength, And the honor of old men is their gray hair. 29 The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.
30 Stripes that wound scour away evil, And strokes reach the innermost parts. 30 Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.