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Proverbs 20 WYC/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 Wine is a lecherous thing, and drunkenness is full of noise; whoever delighteth in these, 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 and the dread of a king (and so the king's wrath); he that stirreth him to ire, 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 honour to a man that separateth himself from strivings; but fond men be meddled with despisings. (It is honourable for someone to separate himself from strife, or from arguments; but the foolish shall mix, or mingle, themselves in with arguments.) 3 It is to a man's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.
4 A slow man would not ear for cold; therefore he shall beg in summer, and men shall not give to him. (A lazy person will not plow when it is cold; then at harvest time he shall beg, but others shall not give him anything.) 4 A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.
5 As deep water, so counsel is in the heart of a man; but a wise man shall draw it out. (Advice in a person's heart can be like deep water/can be as deep as the water; but a wise person shall 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 be called merciful; but who shall find a faithful man? (Many people be called, or be thought to be, merciful; but who shall truly find a faithful person?) 6 Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?
7 Forsooth a just man that goeth in his simpleness, shall leave blessed sons after him. (For a righteous person who goeth in his honesty, or in his integrity, shall leave blessed sons and daughters after him.) 7 The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him.
8 A king that sitteth in the seat of doom, destroyeth all evil by his looking. (A king who sitteth on the seat of judgement, knoweth evil when he seeth it.) 8 When a king sits on his throne to judge, he winnows out all evil with his eyes.
9 Who may say, Mine heart is clean; I am clean of sin? 9 Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin"?
10 A weight, greater in buying, and a weight, less(er) in selling, a measure and a measure, ever either is abominable at God (these be abominable to God). 10 Differing weights and differing measures-- the LORD detests them both.
11 A child is understood by his studies (Even a child is known by his deeds), if his works be rightful and clean. 11 Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.
12 An ear hearing, and an eye seeing [The hearing ear, and the seeing eye], God made ever either (God made them both). 12 Ears that hear and eyes that see-- the LORD has made them both.
13 Do not thou love sleep, lest neediness oppress thee; open thine eyes, and be thou [ful]filled with loaves. 13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.
14 Each buyer saith, It is evil, it is evil; and when he hath gone away, then he shall have glory (but after he hath gone away, then he shall boast about it). 14 "It's no good, it's no good!" says the buyer; then off he goes and boasts about his purchase.
15 Gold, and the multitude of gems, and a precious vessel, be the lips of knowing (be the value of words of knowledge, or of wise words). 15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.
16 Take thou away the cloth of him that was (a) borrow of another man; and for strangers take thou away a wed from him. (Take thou the cloak of him who pledged for another person; and take thou 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 a leasing, that is, gotten by a leasing, is sweet to a man (Bread gotten by a lie, tasteth sweet to a person); and afterward his mouth shall be filled with reckoning [but afterward his mouth shall be filled with little pebble stones]. 17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man, but he ends up with a mouth full of gravel.
18 Thoughts be made strong by counsels; and battles shall be treated by governances. (Plans be made into successes by good advice; and battles be won by careful planning.) 18 Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance.
19 Be thou not meddled with him that showeth privates, and goeth guilefully, and alargeth his lips. (Be thou not mixed in, or mingled, with him who telleth secrets, and goeth deceitfully, and flappeth his lips.) 19 A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much.
20 The light of him that curseth his father and mother, shall be quenched in the midst of darknesses. 20 If a man curses his father or mother, his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.
21 Heritage to which men hasteth (to get) in the beginning, shall want blessing in the last time. (An inheritance which someone hasteneth to get early, shall lack blessing in the end.) 21 An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning will not be blessed at the end.
22 Say thou not, I shall yield evil for evil; abide thou the Lord, and he shall deliver thee. (Say thou not, I shall give back evil for evil; wait thou for the Lord, and he shall save thee/and he shall rescue thee.) 22 Do not say, "I'll pay you back for this wrong!" Wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.
23 Abomination with God is weight and weight; a guileful balance is not good. (An abomination with God is different weights; a deceitful scale is not good.) 23 The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him.
24 The steps of man be (ad)dressed of the Lord; who forsooth of men may understand his way? (The steps of a person be directed by the Lord; for who can understand his own way?) 24 A man's steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand his own way?
25 (A) Falling of man is to make (an) avow to (the) saints, and (then) afterward to withdraw the vows. 25 It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider his vows.
26 A wise king scattereth wicked men; and boweth a bow of victory, that is, a stone bow, over them. 26 A wise king winnows out the wicked; he drives the threshing wheel over them.
27 The lantern of the Lord is the spirit of man, that seeketh out all the privates of the womb. (The spirit of people is the lantern of the Lord, and it seeketh out all our innermost secrets.) 27 The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man; it searches out his inmost being.
28 Mercy and truth keep a king; and his throne is made strong by meekness. (Fairness and faithfulness, or loyalty, keep a king safe and secure; and his throne is made strong by humility, or by righteousness.) 28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure.
29 The full out joying of young men is the strength of them; and the dignity of eld men is hoariness. (The rejoicing, or the glory, of young men is their strength; and the dignity of old men is their white, or gray, hair.) 29 The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.
30 The wanness of (a) wound shall wipe away evils, and (so do) wounds in the privier things of the womb. (Sometimes a deep, blue wound shall set someone straight, and sometimes so do wounds in the secret, or the innermost, places of the heart.) 30 Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.