Proverbs 20 RHE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Wine is a luxurious thing, and drunkenness riotous: whosoever is delighted therewith, shall not be wise. 1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
2 As the roaring of a lion, so also is the dread of a king: he that provoketh him, sinneth against his own soul. 2 A king's wrath is like the roar of a lion; he who angers him forfeits his life.
3 It is an honour for a man to separate himself from quarrels: but all fools are meddling with reproaches. 3 It is to a man's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.
4 Because of the cold the sluggard would not plough: he shall beg therefore in the summer, and it shall not be given him. 4 A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.
5 Counsel in the heart of a man is like deep water: but a wise man 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 men are called merciful: but who shall find a faithful man? 6 Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?
7 The just that walketh in his simplicity, shall leave behind him blessed children. 7 The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him.
8 The king, that sitteth on the throne of judgment, scattereth away all evil with his look. 8 When a king sits on his throne to judge, he winnows out all evil with his eyes.
9 Who can say: My heart is clean, I am pure from sin? 9 Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin"?
10 Diverse weights and diverse measures, both are abominable before God. 10 Differing weights and differing measures-- the LORD detests them both.
11 By his inclinations a child is known, if his works be clean 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 hath made them both. 12 Ears that hear and eyes that see-- the LORD has made them both.
13 Love not sleep, lest poverty oppress thee: open thy eyes, and be filled with bread. 13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.
14 It is naught, it is naught, saith every buyer: and when he is gone away, then he will boast. 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 jewels: but the lips of knowledge are a precious vessel. 15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.
16 Take away the garment of him that is surety for a stranger, and take a pledge from him for strangers. 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 The bread of lying is sweet to a man: but afterwards his mouth shall 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 Designs are strengthened by counsels: and wars are to be managed by governments. 18 Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance.
19 Meddle not with him that revealeth secrets, and walketh deceitfully, and openeth wide his lips. 19 A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much.
20 He that curseth his father, and mother, his lamp shall be put out in the midst of darkness. 20 If a man curses his father or mother, his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.
21 The inheritance gotten hastily in the beginning, in the end shall be without a blessing. 21 An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning will not be blessed at the end.
22 Say not: I will return evil: wait for the Lord, and he will deliver thee. 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 before the Lord: a deceitful balance is not good. 23 The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him.
24 The steps of men are guided by the Lord: but who is the man that can 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 ruin to a man to devour holy ones, and after vows to retract. 25 It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider his vows.
26 A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth over them the wheel. 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, which searcheth all the hidden things of the bowels. 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 his throne is strengthened by clemency. 28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure.
29 The joy of young men is their strength: and the dignity of old men, their grey hairs. 29 The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.
30 The blueness of a wound shall wipe away evils: and stripes in the more inward parts of the belly. 30 Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.