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Proverbs 20

NRS 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. NRS 2 The dread anger of a king is like the growling of a lion; anyone who provokes him to anger forfeits life itself. NIV 2 A king’s wrath strikes terror like the roar of a lion; those who anger him forfeit their lives. NRS 3 It is honorable to refrain from strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel. NIV 3 It is to one’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel. NRS 4 The lazy person does not plow in season; harvest comes, and there is nothing to be found. NIV 4 Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing. NRS 5 The purposes in the human mind are like deep water, but the intelligent will draw them out. NIV 5 The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out. NRS 6 Many proclaim themselves loyal, but who can find one worthy of trust? NIV 6 Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find? NRS 7 The righteous walk in integrity— happy are the children who follow them! NIV 7 The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them. NRS 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. NRS 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”? NRS 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. NRS 11 Even children make themselves known by their acts, by whether what they do is pure and right. NIV 11 Even small children are known by their actions, so is their conduct really pure and upright? NRS 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. NRS 13 Do not love sleep, or else you will 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. NRS 14 "Bad, bad," says the buyer, then goes away and boasts. NIV 14 “It’s no good, it’s no good!” says the buyer— then goes off and boasts about the purchase. NRS 15 There is gold, and abundance of costly stones; but the lips informed by knowledge are a precious jewel. NIV 15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel. NRS 16 Take the garment of one who has given surety for a stranger; seize the pledge given as surety 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. NRS 17 Bread gained by deceit is sweet, but afterward the mouth will be full of gravel. NIV 17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet, but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel. NRS 18 Plans are established by taking advice; wage war by following wise guidance. NIV 18 Plans are established by seeking advice; so if you wage war, obtain guidance. NRS 19 A gossip reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with a babbler. NIV 19 A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much. NRS 20 If you curse father or mother, your lamp will go out in utter darkness. NIV 20 If someone curses their father or mother, their lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness. NRS 21 An estate quickly acquired in the beginning will not be blessed in the end. NIV 21 An inheritance claimed too soon will not be blessed at the end. NRS 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 avenge you. NRS 23 Differing 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. NRS 24 All our steps are ordered by the Lord; how then can we understand our own ways? NIV 24 A person’s steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand their own way? NRS 25 It is a snare for one to say rashly, "It is holy," and begin to reflect only after making a vow. NIV 25 It is a trap to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider one’s vows. NRS 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. NRS 27 The human spirit is the lamp of the Lord, searching every inmost part. NIV 27 The human spirit is the lamp of the LORD that sheds light on one’s inmost being. NRS 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. NRS 29 The glory of youths is their strength, but the beauty of the aged is their gray hair. NIV 29 The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old. NRS 30 Blows that wound cleanse away evil; beatings make clean the innermost parts. NIV 30 Blows and wounds scrub away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.

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