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Proverbs 20

RSV 1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler; and whoever is led astray by it is not wise. NIV 1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise. RSV 2 The dread wrath of a king is like the growling of a lion; he who provokes him to anger forfeits his life. NIV 2 A king's wrath is like the roar of a lion; he who angers him forfeits his life. RSV 3 It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife; but every fool will be quarreling. NIV 3 It is to a man's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel. RSV 4 The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing. NIV 4 A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing. RSV 5 The purpose in a man's mind is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out. NIV 5 The purposes of a man's heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out. RSV 6 Many a man proclaims his own loyalty, but a faithful man who can find? NIV 6 Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find? RSV 7 A righteous man who walks in his integrity--blessed are his sons after him! NIV 7 The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him. RSV 8 A king who sits on the throne of judgment winnows all evil with his eyes. NIV 8 When a king sits on his throne to judge, he winnows out all evil with his eyes. RSV 9 Who can say, "I have made my heart clean; I am pure from my sin"? NIV 9 Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin"? RSV 10 Diverse weights and diverse measures are both alike an abomination to the LORD. NIV 10 Differing weights and differing measures-- the LORD detests them both. RSV 11 Even a child makes himself known by his acts, whether what he does is pure and right. NIV 11 Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right. RSV 12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the LORD has made them both. NIV 12 Ears that hear and eyes that see-- the LORD has made them both. RSV 13 Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread. NIV 13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare. RSV 14 "It is bad, it is bad," says the buyer; but when he goes away, then he boasts. NIV 14 "It's no good, it's no good!" says the buyer; then off he goes and boasts about his purchase. RSV 15 There is gold, and abundance of costly stones; but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel. NIV 15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel. RSV 16 Take a man's garment when he has given surety for a stranger, and hold him in pledge when he gives surety for foreigners. 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. RSV 17 Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth will be full of gravel. NIV 17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man, but he ends up with a mouth full of gravel. RSV 18 Plans are established by counsel; by wise guidance wage war. NIV 18 Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance. RSV 19 He who goes about gossiping reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with one who speaks foolishly. NIV 19 A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much. RSV 20 If one curses his father or his mother, his lamp will be put out in utter darkness. NIV 20 If a man curses his father or mother, his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness. RSV 21 An inheritance gotten hastily in the beginning will in the end not be blessed. NIV 21 An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning will not be blessed at the end. RSV 22 Do not say, "I will repay evil"; wait for the LORD, and he will help you. NIV 22 Do not say, "I'll pay you back for this wrong!" Wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you. RSV 23 Diverse weights are an abomination to the LORD, and false scales are not good. NIV 23 The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him. RSV 24 A man's steps are ordered by the LORD; how then can man understand his way? NIV 24 A man's steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand his own way? RSV 25 It is a snare for a man to say rashly, "It is holy," and to reflect only after making his vows. NIV 25 It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider his vows. RSV 26 A wise king winnows the wicked, and drives the wheel over them. NIV 26 A wise king winnows out the wicked; he drives the threshing wheel over them. RSV 27 The spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD, searching all his innermost parts. NIV 27 The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man; it searches out his inmost being. RSV 28 Loyalty and faithfulness preserve the king, and his throne is upheld by righteousness. NIV 28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure. RSV 29 The glory of young men is their strength, but the beauty of old men is their gray hair. NIV 29 The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old. RSV 30 Blows that wound cleanse away evil; strokes make clean the innermost parts. NIV 30 Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.