Proverbs 20 WEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Wine is a mocker, and beer is a brawler; Whoever is led astray by them 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 roaring 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 It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife; But every fool will be quarreling. 3 It is to a man's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.
4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the winter; Therefore he shall beg in 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 Many men claim to be men of unfailing love, But who can find a faithful 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, Blessed are his children 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 away 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 pure. I am clean and without 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 alike are an abomination to Yahweh. 10 Differing weights and differing measures-- the LORD detests them both.
11 Even a child makes himself known by his doings, Whether his work is pure, and whether it is 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, Yahweh has made even both of them. 12 Ears that hear and eyes that see-- the LORD has made them both.
13 Don't love sleep, lest you come to poverty; Open your eyes, and you shall 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's no good, it's no good," says the buyer; But when he is 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 abundance of rubies; But the lips of knowledge are a rare 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 puts up collateral for a stranger; And hold him in pledge for a wayward woman. 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 Fraudulent food is sweet to a man, But afterwards his mouth is 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 advice; By wise guidance you wage war! 18 Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance.
19 He who goes about as a tale-bearer reveals secrets; Therefore don't keep company with him who opens wide 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 shall be put out in blackness of darkness. 20 If a man curses his father or mother, his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.
21 An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning, Won't be blessed in the end. 21 An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning will not be blessed at the end.
22 Don't say, "I will pay back evil." Wait for Yahweh, 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 Yahweh detests differing weights, And dishonest scales are not pleasing. 23 The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him.
24 A man's steps are from Yahweh; 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 snare to a man make a rash dedication, And later 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 winnows out 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 Yahweh's lamp, Searching all his innermost parts. 27 The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man; it searches out his inmost being.
28 Love and faithfulness keep the king safe. His throne is sustained by love. 28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure.
29 The glory of young men is their strength. The splendor of old men is their gray hair. 29 The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.
30 Wounding blows cleanse away evil, And beatings purge the innermost parts. 30 Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.