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Proverbs 20

NKJV 1 Wine is a mocker, Strong drink is 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. NKJV 2 The wrath of a king is like the roaring of a lion; Whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own life. NIV 2 A king’s wrath strikes terror like the roar of a lion; those who anger him forfeit their lives. NKJV 3 It is honorable for a man to stop striving, Since any fool can start a quarrel. NIV 3 It is to one’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel. NKJV 4 The lazy man will not plow because of winter; He will beg during harvest and have nothing. NIV 4 Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing. NKJV 5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water, But a man of understanding will draw it out. NIV 5 The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out. NKJV 6 Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, But who can find a faithful man? NIV 6 Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find? NKJV 7 The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him. NIV 7 The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them. NKJV 8 A king who sits on the throne of judgment Scatters all evil with his eyes. NIV 8 When a king sits on his throne to judge, he winnows out all evil with his eyes. NKJV 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”? NKJV 10 Diverse weights and diverse measures, They are both alike, an abomination to the Lord. NIV 10 Differing weights and differing measures— the LORD detests them both. NKJV 11 Even a child is known by his deeds, Whether what he does is pure and right. NIV 11 Even small children are known by their actions, so is their conduct really pure and upright? NKJV 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. NKJV 13 Do not love sleep, lest you come to poverty; Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with bread. NIV 13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare. NKJV 14 "It is good for nothing," cries the buyer; But when he has gone his way, then he boasts. NIV 14 “It’s no good, it’s no good!” says the buyer— then goes off and boasts about the purchase. NKJV 15 There is gold and a multitude of rubies, 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. NKJV 16 Take the garment of one who is surety for a stranger, And hold it as a pledge when it is for a seductress. 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. NKJV 17 Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel. NIV 17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet, but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel. NKJV 18 Plans are established by counsel; By wise counsel wage war. NIV 18 Plans are established by seeking advice; so if you wage war, obtain guidance. NKJV 19 He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets; Therefore do not associate with one who flatters with his lips. NIV 19 A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much. NKJV 20 Whoever curses his father or his mother, His lamp will be put out in deep darkness. NIV 20 If someone curses their father or mother, their lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness. NKJV 21 An inheritance gained hastily at the beginning Will not be blessed at the end. NIV 21 An inheritance claimed too soon will not be blessed at the end. NKJV 22 Do not say, "I will recompense evil"; Wait for the Lord, and He will save you. NIV 22 Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you. NKJV 23 Diverse weights are an abomination to the Lord, And dishonest scales are not good. NIV 23 The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him. NKJV 24 A man's steps are of the Lord; How then can a man understand his own way? NIV 24 A person’s steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand their own way? NKJV 25 It is a snare for a man to devote rashly something as holy, And afterward to reconsider his vows. NIV 25 It is a trap to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider one’s vows. NKJV 26 A wise king sifts out the wicked, And brings the threshing wheel over them. NIV 26 A wise king winnows out the wicked; he drives the threshing wheel over them. NKJV 27 The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord, Searching all the inner depths of his heart. NIV 27 The human spirit is the lamp of the LORDthat sheds light on one’s inmost being. NKJV 28 Mercy and truth preserve the king, And by lovingkindness he upholds his throne. NIV 28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure. NKJV 29 The glory of young men is their strength, And the splendor of old men is their gray head. NIV 29 The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old. NKJV 30 Blows that hurt cleanse away evil, As do stripes the inner depths of the heart. NIV 30 Blows and wounds scrub away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.

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