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Proverbs 20

GNT 1 Drinking too much makes you loud and foolish. It's stupid to get drunk. NIV 1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise. GNT 2 Fear an angry king as you would a growling lion; making him angry is suicide. NIV 2 A king's wrath is like the roar of a lion; he who angers him forfeits his life. GNT 3 Any fool can start arguments; the honorable thing is to stay out of them. NIV 3 It is to a man's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel. GNT 4 A farmer too lazy to plow his fields at the right time will have nothing to harvest. NIV 4 A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing. GNT 5 A person's thoughts are like water in a deep well, but someone with insight can draw them out. NIV 5 The purposes of a man's heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out. GNT 6 Everyone talks about how loyal and faithful he is, but just try to find someone who really is! NIV 6 Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find? GNT 7 Children are fortunate if they have a father who is honest and does what is right. NIV 7 The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him. GNT 8 The king sits in judgment and knows evil when he sees it. NIV 8 When a king sits on his throne to judge, he winnows out all evil with his eyes. GNT 9 Can anyone really say that his conscience is clear, that he has gotten rid of his sin? NIV 9 Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin"? GNT 10 The Lord hates people who use dishonest weights and measures. NIV 10 Differing weights and differing measures-- the LORD detests them both. GNT 11 Even children show what they are by what they do; you can tell if they are honest and good. NIV 11 Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right. GNT 12 The Lord has given us eyes to see with and ears to listen with. NIV 12 Ears that hear and eyes that see-- the LORD has made them both. GNT 13 If you spend your time sleeping, you will be poor. Keep busy 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. GNT 14 The customer always complains that the price is too high, but then he goes off and brags about the bargain he got. NIV 14 "It's no good, it's no good!" says the buyer; then off he goes and boasts about his purchase. GNT 15 If you know what you are talking about, you have something more valuable than gold or jewels. NIV 15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel. GNT 16 Anyone stupid enough to promise to be responsible for a stranger's debts ought to have their own property held to guarantee payment. 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. GNT 17 What you get by dishonesty you may enjoy like the finest food, but sooner or later it will be like a mouthful of sand. NIV 17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man, but he ends up with a mouth full of gravel. GNT 18 Get good advice and you will succeed; don't go charging into battle without a plan. NIV 18 Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance. GNT 19 A gossip can never keep a secret. Stay away from people who talk too much. NIV 19 A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much. GNT 20 If you curse your parents, your life will end like a lamp that goes out in the dark. NIV 20 If a man curses his father or mother, his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness. GNT 21 The more easily you get your wealth, the less good it will do you. NIV 21 An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning will not be blessed at the end. GNT 22 Don't take it on yourself to repay a wrong. Trust the Lord and he will make it right. NIV 22 Do not say, "I'll pay you back for this wrong!" Wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you. GNT 23 The Lord hates people who use dishonest scales and weights. NIV 23 The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him. GNT 24 The Lord has determined our path; how then can anyone understand the direction his own life is taking? NIV 24 A man's steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand his own way? GNT 25 Think carefully before you promise an offering to God. You might regret it later. NIV 25 It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider his vows. GNT 26 A wise king will find out who is doing wrong, and will punish him without pity. NIV 26 A wise king winnows out the wicked; he drives the threshing wheel over them. GNT 27 The Lord gave us mind and conscience; we cannot hide from ourselves. NIV 27 The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man; it searches out his inmost being. GNT 28 A king will remain in power as long as his rule is honest, just, and fair. NIV 28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure. GNT 29 We admire the strength of youth and respect the gray hair of age. NIV 29 The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old. GNT 30 Sometimes it takes a painful experience to make us change our ways. NIV 30 Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.