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Proverbs 20 NKJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Wine is a mocker, Strong drink is a brawler, And whoever is led astray 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 wrath of a king is like the roaring of a lion; Whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own 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 a man to stop striving, Since any fool can start a quarrel. 3 It is to a man's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.
4 The lazy man will not plow because of winter; He will beg during harvest and have nothing. 4 A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.
5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, But 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 Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, But who can find a faithful man? 6 Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?
7 The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed 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 judgment Scatters 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 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 Diverse weights and diverse measures, They are both alike, an abomination to the Lord. 10 Differing weights and differing measures-- the LORD detests them both.
11 Even a child is known by his deeds, Whether what he does 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 them both. 12 Ears that hear and eyes that see-- the LORD has made them both.
13 Do not love sleep, lest you come to poverty; Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with bread. 13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.
14 "It is good for nothing," cries the buyer; But when he has gone 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 a multitude of rubies, But the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel. 15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.
16 Take the garment of one who is surety for a stranger, And hold it as a pledge when it is for a seductress. 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 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 Plans are established by counsel; By wise counsel wage war. 18 Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance.
19 He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets; Therefore do not associate with one who flatters with his lips. 19 A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much.
20 Whoever curses his father or his mother, His lamp will be put out in deep darkness. 20 If a man curses his father or mother, his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.
21 An inheritance gained hastily at the beginning Will not be blessed at the end. 21 An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning will not be blessed at the end.
22 Do not say, "I will recompense 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 Diverse weights are an abomination to the Lord, And dishonest scales are not good. 23 The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him.
24 A man's steps are of the Lord; How then can a man 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 snare for a man to devote rashly something as holy, And afterward to reconsider his vows. 25 It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider his vows.
26 A wise king sifts out the wicked, And brings the threshing wheel over them. 26 A wise king winnows out the wicked; he drives the threshing wheel over them.
27 The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord, Searching all the inner depths of his heart. 27 The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man; it searches out his inmost being.
28 Mercy and truth preserve the king, And by lovingkindness he upholds 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, And the splendor of old men is their gray head. 29 The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.
30 Blows that hurt cleanse away evil, As do stripes the inner depths of the heart. 30 Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.