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Proverbs 20 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 Wine and beer make people loud and uncontrolled; it is not wise to get drunk on them. 1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
2 An angry king is like a roaring lion. Making him angry may cost you your life. 2 A king's wrath is like the roar of a lion; he who angers him forfeits his life.
3 Foolish people are always fighting, but avoiding quarrels will bring you honor. 3 It is to a man's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.
4 Lazy farmers don't plow when they should; they expect a harvest, but there is none. 4 A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.
5 People's thoughts can be like a deep well, but someone with understanding can find the wisdom there. 5 The purposes of a man's heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.
6 Many people claim to be loyal, but it is hard to find a trustworthy person. 6 Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?
7 The good people who live honest lives will be a blessing to their children. 7 The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him.
8 When a king sits on his throne to judge, he 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 No one can say, "I am innocent; I have never done anything wrong." 9 Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin"?
10 The Lord hates both these things: dishonest weights and dishonest measures. 10 Differing weights and differing measures-- the LORD detests them both.
11 Even children are known by their behavior; their actions show if they are innocent and good. 11 Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.
12 The Lord has made both these things: ears to hear and eyes to see. 12 Ears that hear and eyes that see-- the LORD has made them both.
13 If you love to sleep, you will be poor. If you stay awake, you will have plenty of food. 13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.
14 Buyers say, "This is bad. It's no good." Then they go away and brag about what they bought. 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 plenty of rubies, but only a few people speak with knowledge. 15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.
16 Take the coat of someone who promises to pay a stranger's debts, and keep it until he pays what the stranger owes. 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 food may taste sweet at first, but later it will feel like a mouth full of gravel. 17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man, but he ends up with a mouth full of gravel.
18 Get advice if you want your plans to work. If you go to war, get the advice of others. 18 Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance.
19 Gossips can't keep secrets, so avoid people who talk too much. 19 A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much.
20 Those who curse their father or mother will be like a light going out in darkness. 20 If a man curses his father or mother, his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.
21 Wealth inherited quickly in the beginning will do you no good in the end. 21 An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning will not be blessed at the end.
22 Don't say, "I'll pay you back for the wrong you did." Wait for the Lord, and he will make things 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 dishonest weights, and dishonest scales do not please him. 23 The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him.
24 The Lord decides what a person will do; no one understands what his life is all about. 24 A man's steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand his own way?
25 It's dangerous to promise something to God too quickly. After you've thought about it, it may be too late. 25 It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider his vows.
26 A wise king sorts out the evil people, and he punishes them as they deserve. 26 A wise king winnows out the wicked; he drives the threshing wheel over them.
27 The Lord looks deep inside people and searches through their thoughts. 27 The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man; it searches out his inmost being.
28 Loyalty and truth keep a king in power; he continues to rule if he is loyal. 28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure.
29 Young men glory in their strength, and old men are honored for their gray hair. 29 The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.
30 Hard punishment will get rid of evil, and whippings can change an evil heart. 30 Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.