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Proverbs 20 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 Wine produces mockers; liquor leads to brawls. Whoever is led astray by drink cannot be wise. 1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
2 The king's fury is like a lion's roar; to rouse his anger is to risk your life. 2 A king's wrath is like the roar of a lion; he who angers him forfeits his life.
3 Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor; only fools insist on quarreling. 3 It is to a man's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.
4 If you are too lazy to plow in the right season, you will have no food at the harvest. 4 A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.
5 Though good advice lies deep within a person's heart, the wise 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 will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is really faithful? 6 Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?
7 The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children after them. 7 The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him.
8 When a king judges, he carefully weighs all the evidence, distinguishing the bad from the good. 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 and free from sin"? 9 Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin"?
10 The LORD despises double standards of every kind. 10 Differing weights and differing measures-- the LORD detests them both.
11 Even children are known by the way they act, whether their conduct is pure and right. 11 Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.
12 Ears to hear and eyes to see -- both are gifts from the LORD. 12 Ears that hear and eyes that see-- the LORD has made them both.
13 If you love sleep, you will end in poverty. Keep your eyes open, and there will be plenty to eat! 13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.
14 The buyer haggles over the price, saying, "It's worthless," then brags about getting a bargain! 14 "It's no good, it's no good!" says the buyer; then off he goes and boasts about his purchase.
15 Wise speech is rarer and more valuable than gold and rubies. 15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.
16 Be sure to get collateral from anyone who guarantees the debt of a stranger. Get a deposit if someone guarantees the debt of a foreigner. 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 it turns to gravel in the mouth. 17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man, but he ends up with a mouth full of gravel.
18 Plans succeed through good counsel; don't go to war without the advice of others. 18 Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance.
19 A gossip tells secrets, so don't hang around with someone who talks too much. 19 A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much.
20 If you curse your father or mother, the lamp of your life will be snuffed out. 20 If a man curses his father or mother, his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.
21 An inheritance obtained early in life is not a blessing in the end. 21 An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning will not be blessed at the end.
22 Don't say, "I will get even for this wrong." Wait for the LORD to handle the matter. 22 Do not say, "I'll pay you back for this wrong!" Wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.
23 The LORD despises double standards; he is not pleased by dishonest scales. 23 The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him.
24 How can we understand the road we travel? It is the LORD who directs our steps. 24 A man's steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand his own way?
25 It is dangerous to make a rash promise to God before counting the cost. 25 It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider his vows.
26 A wise king finds the wicked, lays them out like wheat, then runs the crushing wheel over them. 26 A wise king winnows out the wicked; he drives the threshing wheel over them.
27 The LORD's searchlight penetrates the human spirit, exposing every hidden motive. 27 The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man; it searches out his inmost being.
28 Unfailing love and faithfulness protect the king; his throne is made secure through love. 28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure.
29 The glory of the young is their strength; the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old. 29 The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.
30 Physical punishment cleanses away evil; such discipline purifies the heart. 30 Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.