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Proverbs 20

NCV 1 Wine and beer make people loud and uncontrolled; it is not wise to get drunk on them. NIV 1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise. NCV 2 An angry king is like a roaring lion. Making him angry may cost you your life. NIV 2 A king's wrath is like the roar of a lion; he who angers him forfeits his life. NCV 3 Foolish people are always fighting, but avoiding quarrels will bring you honor. NIV 3 It is to a man's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel. NCV 4 Lazy farmers don't plow when they should; they expect a harvest, but there is none. NIV 4 A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing. NCV 5 People's thoughts can be like a deep well, but someone with understanding can find the wisdom there. NIV 5 The purposes of a man's heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out. NCV 6 Many people claim to be loyal, but it is hard to find a trustworthy person. NIV 6 Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find? NCV 7 The good people who live honest lives will be a blessing to their children. NIV 7 The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him. NCV 8 When a king sits on his throne to judge, he 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. NCV 9 No one can say, "I am innocent; I have never done anything wrong." NIV 9 Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin"? NCV 10 The Lord hates both these things: dishonest weights and dishonest measures. NIV 10 Differing weights and differing measures-- the LORD detests them both. NCV 11 Even children are known by their behavior; their actions show if they are innocent and good. NIV 11 Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right. NCV 12 The Lord has made both these things: ears to hear and eyes to see. NIV 12 Ears that hear and eyes that see-- the LORD has made them both. NCV 13 If you love to sleep, you will be poor. If you stay awake, you will have plenty of food. NIV 13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare. NCV 14 Buyers say, "This is bad. It's no good." Then they go away and brag about what they bought. NIV 14 "It's no good, it's no good!" says the buyer; then off he goes and boasts about his purchase. NCV 15 There is gold and plenty of rubies, but only a few people speak with knowledge. NIV 15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel. NCV 16 Take the coat of someone who promises to pay a stranger's debts, and keep it until he pays what the stranger owes. 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. NCV 17 Stolen food may taste sweet at first, but later it will feel like a mouth full of gravel. NIV 17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man, but he ends up with a mouth full of gravel. NCV 18 Get advice if you want your plans to work. If you go to war, get the advice of others. NIV 18 Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance. NCV 19 Gossips can't keep secrets, so avoid people who talk too much. NIV 19 A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much. NCV 20 Those who curse their father or mother will be like a light going out in darkness. NIV 20 If a man curses his father or mother, his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness. NCV 21 Wealth inherited quickly in the beginning will do you no good in the end. NIV 21 An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning will not be blessed at the end. NCV 22 Don't say, "I'll pay you back for the wrong you did." Wait for the Lord, and he will make things right. NIV 22 Do not say, "I'll pay you back for this wrong!" Wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you. NCV 23 The Lord hates dishonest weights, and dishonest scales do not please him. NIV 23 The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him. NCV 24 The Lord decides what a person will do; no one understands what his life is all about. NIV 24 A man's steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand his own way? NCV 25 It's dangerous to promise something to God too quickly. After you've thought about it, it may be too late. NIV 25 It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider his vows. NCV 26 A wise king sorts out the evil people, and he punishes them as they deserve. NIV 26 A wise king winnows out the wicked; he drives the threshing wheel over them. NCV 27 The Lord looks deep inside people and searches through their thoughts. NIV 27 The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man; it searches out his inmost being. NCV 28 Loyalty and truth keep a king in power; he continues to rule if he is loyal. NIV 28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure. NCV 29 Young men glory in their strength, and old men are honored for their gray hair. NIV 29 The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old. NCV 30 Hard punishment will get rid of evil, and whippings can change an evil heart. NIV 30 Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.