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Proverbs 20

NLT 1 Wine produces mockers; alcohol leads to brawls. Those led astray by drink cannot be wise. NIV 1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise. NLT 2 The king’s fury is like a lion’s roar; to rouse his anger is to risk your life. NIV 2 A king’s wrath strikes terror like the roar of a lion; those who anger him forfeit their lives. NLT 3 Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor; only fools insist on quarreling. NIV 3 It is to one’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel. NLT 4 Those too lazy to plow in the right season will have no food at the harvest. NIV 4 Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing. NLT 5 Though good advice lies deep within the heart, a person with 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. NLT 6 Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is truly reliable? NIV 6 Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find? NLT 7 The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them. NIV 7 The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them. NLT 8 When a king sits in judgment, he weighs all the evidence, distinguishing the bad from the good. NIV 8 When a king sits on his throne to judge, he winnows out all evil with his eyes. NLT 9 Who can say, “I have cleansed my heart; I am pure and free from sin”? NIV 9 Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin”? NLT 10 False weights and unequal measures — the LORD detests double standards of every kind. NIV 10 Differing weights and differing measures— the LORD detests them both. NLT 11 Even children are known by the way they act, whether their conduct is pure, and whether it is right. NIV 11 Even small children are known by their actions, so is their conduct really pure and upright? NLT 12 Ears to hear and eyes to see— both are gifts from the LORD . NIV 12 Ears that hear and eyes that see— the LORD has made them both. NLT 13 If you love sleep, you will end in poverty. Keep your eyes open, and there will be plenty to eat! NIV 13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare. NLT 14 The buyer haggles over the price, saying, “It’s worthless,” then brags about getting a bargain! NIV 14 “It’s no good, it’s no good!” says the buyer— then goes off and boasts about the purchase. NLT 15 Wise words are more valuable than much gold and many rubies. NIV 15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel. NLT 16 Get security from someone who guarantees a stranger’s debt. Get a deposit if he does it for foreigners. 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. NLT 17 Stolen bread tastes sweet, but it turns to gravel in the mouth. NIV 17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet, but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel. NLT 18 Plans succeed through good counsel; don’t go to war without wise advice. NIV 18 Plans are established by seeking advice; so if you wage war, obtain guidance. NLT 19 A gossip goes around telling secrets, so don’t hang around with chatterers. NIV 19 A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much. NLT 20 If you insult your father or mother, your light will be snuffed out in total darkness. NIV 20 If someone curses their father or mother, their lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness. NLT 21 An inheritance obtained too early in life is not a blessing in the end. NIV 21 An inheritance claimed too soon will not be blessed at the end. NLT 22 Don’t say, “I will get even for this wrong.” Wait for the LORD to handle the matter. NIV 22 Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you. NLT 23 The LORD detests double standards; he is not pleased by dishonest scales. NIV 23 The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him. NLT 24 The LORD directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way? NIV 24 A person’s steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand their own way? NLT 25 Don’t trap yourself by making a rash promise to God and only later counting the cost. NIV 25 It is a trap to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider one’s vows. NLT 26 A wise king scatters the wicked like wheat, then runs his threshing wheel over them. NIV 26 A wise king winnows out the wicked; he drives the threshing wheel over them. NLT 27 The LORD ’s light penetrates the human spirit, exposing every hidden motive. NIV 27 The human spirit is the lamp of the LORDthat sheds light on one’s inmost being. NLT 28 Unfailing love and faithfulness protect the king; his throne is made secure through love. NIV 28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure. NLT 29 The glory of the young is their strength; the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old. NIV 29 The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old. NLT 30 Physical punishment cleanses away evil; such discipline purifies the heart. NIV 30 Blows and wounds scrub away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.

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