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Proverbs 20

MSG 1 Wine makes you mean, beer makes you quarrelsome - a staggering drunk is not much fun. NIV 1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise. MSG 2 Quick-tempered leaders are like mad dogs - cross them and they bite your head off. NIV 2 A king’s wrath strikes terror like the roar of a lion; those who anger him forfeit their lives. MSG 3 It's a mark of good character to avert quarrels, but fools love to pick fights. NIV 3 It is to one’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel. MSG 4 A farmer too lazy to plant in the spring has nothing to harvest in the fall. NIV 4 Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing. MSG 5 Knowing what is right is like deep water in the heart; a wise person draws from the well within. NIV 5 The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out. MSG 6 Lots of people claim to be loyal and loving, but where on earth can you find one? NIV 6 Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find? MSG 7 God-loyal people, living honest lives, make it much easier for their children. NIV 7 The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them. MSG 8 Leaders who know their business and care keep a sharp eye out for the shoddy and cheap, NIV 8 When a king sits on his throne to judge, he winnows out all evil with his eyes. MSG 9 For who among us can be trusted to be always diligent and honest? NIV 9 Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin”? MSG 10 Switching price tags and padding the expense account are two things God hates. NIV 10 Differing weights and differing measures— the LORD detests them both. MSG 11 Young people eventually reveal by their actions if their motives are on the up and up. Drinking from the Chalice of Knowledge NIV 11 Even small children are known by their actions, so is their conduct really pure and upright? MSG 12 Ears that hear and eyes that see - we get our basic equipment from God! NIV 12 Ears that hear and eyes that see— the LORD has made them both. MSG 13 Don't be too fond of sleep; you'll end up in the poorhouse. Wake up and get up; then there'll be food on the table. NIV 13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare. MSG 14 The shopper says, "That's junk - I'll take it off your hands," then goes off boasting of the bargain. NIV 14 “It’s no good, it’s no good!” says the buyer— then goes off and boasts about the purchase. MSG 15 Drinking from the beautiful chalice of knowledge is better than adorning oneself with gold and rare gems. NIV 15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel. MSG 16 Hold tight to collateral on any loan to a stranger; beware of accepting what a transient has pawned. NIV 16 Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger; hold it in pledge if it is done for an outsider. MSG 17 Stolen bread tastes sweet, but soon your mouth is full of gravel. NIV 17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet, but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel. MSG 18 Form your purpose by asking for counsel, then carry it out using all the help you can get. NIV 18 Plans are established by seeking advice; so if you wage war, obtain guidance. MSG 19 Gossips can't keep secrets, so never confide in blabbermouths. NIV 19 A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much. MSG 20 Anyone who curses father and mother extinguishes light and exists benighted. The Very Steps We Take NIV 20 If someone curses their father or mother, their lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness. MSG 21 A bonanza at the beginning is no guarantee of blessing at the end. NIV 21 An inheritance claimed too soon will not be blessed at the end. MSG 22 Don't ever say, "I'll get you for that!" Wait for God; he'll settle the score. NIV 22 Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you. MSG 23 God hates cheating in the marketplace; rigged scales are an outrage. NIV 23 The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him. MSG 24 The very steps we take come from God; otherwise how would we know where we're going? NIV 24 A person’s steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand their own way? MSG 25 An impulsive vow is a trap; later you'll wish you could get out of it. NIV 25 It is a trap to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider one’s vows. MSG 26 After careful scrutiny, a wise leader makes a clean sweep of rebels and dolts. NIV 26 A wise king winnows out the wicked; he drives the threshing wheel over them. MSG 27 God is in charge of human life, watching and examining us inside and out. NIV 27 The human spirit is the lamp of the LORD that sheds light on one’s inmost being. MSG 28 Love and truth form a good leader; sound leadership is founded on loving integrity. NIV 28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure. MSG 29 Youth may be admired for vigor, but gray hair gives prestige to old age. NIV 29 The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old. MSG 30 A good thrashing purges evil; punishment goes deep within us. NIV 30 Blows and wounds scrub away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.

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