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Proverbs 20

CEB 1 Wine is a mocker; beer a carouser. Those it leads astray won't become wise. NIV 1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise. CEB 2 A king is as terrifying as a lion's growl. Those who anger him may lose their life. NIV 2 A king's wrath is like the roar of a lion; he who angers him forfeits his life. CEB 3 It is honorable to back off from a fight, but fools jump right in. NIV 3 It is to a man's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel. CEB 4 The lazy don't plow during winter; at harvest they look but find nothing. NIV 4 A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing. CEB 5 Advice comes from the deep waters of the heart; those with understanding can draw it out. NIV 5 The purposes of a man's heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out. CEB 6 Many people will say that they are loyal, but who can find a reliable person? NIV 6 Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find? CEB 7 The righteous live with integrity; happy are their children who come after them. NIV 7 The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him. CEB 8 A king who sits on his judgment throne sifts out all evil with his eyes. NIV 8 When a king sits on his throne to judge, he winnows out all evil with his eyes. CEB 9 Who can say, "I'm innocent to the core; I'm cleansed from my sin"? NIV 9 Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin"? CEB 10 False weights and measures— the LORD detests them both. NIV 10 Differing weights and differing measures-- the LORD detests them both. CEB 11 Even young people are known by their actions, whether their conduct is pure and upright. NIV 11 Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right. CEB 12 Ears to hear and eyes to see— the LORD made them both. NIV 12 Ears that hear and eyes that see-- the LORD has made them both. CEB 13 Don't love sleep or you will be poor; stay alert and you will have plenty to eat. NIV 13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare. CEB 14 The buyer says, "Bad, bad," but then goes away and brags. NIV 14 "It's no good, it's no good!" says the buyer; then off he goes and boasts about his purchase. CEB 15 Much gold and many pearls exist, but wise speech is the most precious jewel. NIV 15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel. CEB 16 Take the garment of the person who secures a loan for a stranger; take his pledge for a foreigner. NIV 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. CEB 17 Stolen bread is sweet, but afterward the mouth is full of gravel. NIV 17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man, but he ends up with a mouth full of gravel. CEB 18 Plans are firmed up by advice; wage wars with good guidance. NIV 18 Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance. CEB 19 Gossips reveal secrets; don't associate with those who talk too much. NIV 19 A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much. CEB 20 Those who curse their father or mother— their lamp will be snuffed out when it becomes dark. NIV 20 If a man curses his father or mother, his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness. CEB 21 Inheritance gained quickly at first won't bless later on. NIV 21 An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning will not be blessed at the end. CEB 22 Don't say, "I'll repay the evildoer!" Wait for the LORD, and he will save you. NIV 22 Do not say, "I'll pay you back for this wrong!" Wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you. CEB 23 The LORD detests false weights; deceptive scales aren't right. NIV 23 The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him. CEB 24 A person's steps are from the LORD; how then can people understand their path? NIV 24 A man's steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand his own way? CEB 25 It is a snare to say rashly, "It is holy," and only reflect after making the promise. NIV 25 It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider his vows. CEB 26 A wise king sifts out the wicked, and runs them over with a wheel. NIV 26 A wise king winnows out the wicked; he drives the threshing wheel over them. CEB 27 The breath of a person is the lamp of the LORD, searching all the inmost parts. NIV 27 The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man; it searches out his inmost being. CEB 28 Kindness and faithfulness protect the king; he supports his throne by kindness. NIV 28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure. CEB 29 Strength is the glory of young men; gray hair is the splendor of old age. NIV 29 The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old. CEB 30 Blows and bruises remove evil; beatings cleanse the inner parts. NIV 30 Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.