Proverbs 20 NIV

1 Wine1 is a mocker2 and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray3 by them is not wise.4

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2 A king's wrath is like the roar of a lion;5 he who angers him forfeits his life.6

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3 It is to a man's honor to avoid strife, but every fool7 is quick to quarrel.8

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4 A sluggard9 does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.10

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5 The purposes of a man's heart are deep waters,11 but a man of understanding draws them out.

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6 Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?12

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7 The righteous man leads a blameless life;13 blessed are his children after him.14

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8 When a king sits on his throne to judge,15 he winnows out all evil with his eyes.16

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9 Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure;17 I am clean and without sin"?18

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10 Differing weights and differing measures-- the LORD detests them both.19

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      11 Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure20 and right.

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      12 Ears that hear and eyes that see-- the LORD has made them both.21

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      13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor;22 stay awake and you will have food to spare.

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      14 "It's no good, it's no good!" says the buyer; then off he goes and boasts about his purchase.
      15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.
      16 Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger; hold it in pledge23 if he does it for a wayward woman.24

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      17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man,25 but he ends up with a mouth full of gravel.26

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      18 Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance.27

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      19 A gossip betrays a confidence;28 so avoid a man who talks too much.

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      20 If a man curses his father or mother,29 his lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.30

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      21 An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning will not be blessed at the end.
      22 Do not say, "I'll pay you back for this wrong!"31 Wait for the LORD, and he will deliver you.32

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      23 The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him.33

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          24 A man's steps are directed34 by the LORD.35 How then can anyone understand his own way?36

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          25 It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider his vows.37

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          26 A wise king winnows out the wicked; he drives the threshing wheel over them.38

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              27 The lamp of the LORD 39 searches the spirit of a mana; it searches out his inmost being.40

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                • a 20:27 - Or "The spirit of man is the LORD's lamp"
                  28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love41 his throne is made secure.42

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                  29 The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.43

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                  30 Blows and wounds cleanse44 away evil, and beatings45 purge the inmost being.

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