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Proverbs 20

WYC 1 Wine is a lecherous thing, and drunkenness is full of noise; whoever delighteth in these, shall not be wise. NIV 1 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise. WYC 2 As the roaring of a lion, so and the dread of a king (and so the king's wrath); he that stirreth him to ire, sinneth against his (own) soul. NIV 2 A king’s wrath strikes terror like the roar of a lion; those who anger him forfeit their lives. WYC 3 It is honour to a man that separateth himself from strivings; but fond men be meddled with despisings. (It is honourable for someone to separate himself from strife, or from arguments; but the foolish shall mix, or mingle, themselves in with arguments.) NIV 3 It is to one’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel. WYC 4 A slow man would not ear for cold; therefore he shall beg in summer, and men shall not give to him. (A lazy person will not plow when it is cold; then at harvest time he shall beg, but others shall not give him anything.) NIV 4 Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing. WYC 5 As deep water, so counsel is in the heart of a man; but a wise man shall draw it out. (Advice in a person's heart can be like deep water/can be as deep as the water; but a wise person shall draw it out.) NIV 5 The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out. WYC 6 Many men be called merciful; but who shall find a faithful man? (Many people be called, or be thought to be, merciful; but who shall truly find a faithful person?) NIV 6 Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find? WYC 7 Forsooth a just man that goeth in his simpleness, shall leave blessed sons after him. (For a righteous person who goeth in his honesty, or in his integrity, shall leave blessed sons and daughters after him.) NIV 7 The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them. WYC 8 A king that sitteth in the seat of doom, destroyeth all evil by his looking. (A king who sitteth on the seat of judgement, knoweth evil when he seeth it.) NIV 8 When a king sits on his throne to judge, he winnows out all evil with his eyes. WYC 9 Who may say, Mine heart is clean; I am clean of sin? NIV 9 Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin”? WYC 10 A weight, greater in buying, and a weight, less(er) in selling, a measure and a measure, ever either is abominable at God (these be abominable to God). NIV 10 Differing weights and differing measures— the LORD detests them both. WYC 11 A child is understood by his studies (Even a child is known by his deeds), if his works be rightful and clean. NIV 11 Even small children are known by their actions, so is their conduct really pure and upright? WYC 12 An ear hearing, and an eye seeing [The hearing ear, and the seeing eye], God made ever either (God made them both). NIV 12 Ears that hear and eyes that see— the LORD has made them both. WYC 13 Do not thou love sleep, lest neediness oppress thee; open thine eyes, and be thou [ful]filled with loaves. NIV 13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare. WYC 14 Each buyer saith, It is evil, it is evil; and when he hath gone away, then he shall have glory (but after he hath gone away, then he shall boast about it). NIV 14 “It’s no good, it’s no good!” says the buyer— then goes off and boasts about the purchase. WYC 15 Gold, and the multitude of gems, and a precious vessel, be the lips of knowing (be the value of words of knowledge, or of wise words). NIV 15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel. WYC 16 Take thou away the cloth of him that was (a) borrow of another man; and for strangers take thou away a wed from him. (Take thou the cloak of him who pledged for another person; and take thou a pledge from him for strangers.) 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. WYC 17 The bread of a leasing, that is, gotten by a leasing, is sweet to a man (Bread gotten by a lie, tasteth sweet to a person); and afterward his mouth shall be filled with reckoning [but afterward his mouth shall be filled with little pebble stones]. NIV 17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet, but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel. WYC 18 Thoughts be made strong by counsels; and battles shall be treated by governances. (Plans be made into successes by good advice; and battles be won by careful planning.) NIV 18 Plans are established by seeking advice; so if you wage war, obtain guidance. WYC 19 Be thou not meddled with him that showeth privates, and goeth guilefully, and alargeth his lips. (Be thou not mixed in, or mingled, with him who telleth secrets, and goeth deceitfully, and flappeth his lips.) NIV 19 A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much. WYC 20 The light of him that curseth his father and mother, shall be quenched in the midst of darknesses. NIV 20 If someone curses their father or mother, their lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness. WYC 21 Heritage to which men hasteth (to get) in the beginning, shall want blessing in the last time. (An inheritance which someone hasteneth to get early, shall lack blessing in the end.) NIV 21 An inheritance claimed too soon will not be blessed at the end. WYC 22 Say thou not, I shall yield evil for evil; abide thou the Lord, and he shall deliver thee. (Say thou not, I shall give back evil for evil; wait thou for the Lord, and he shall save thee/and he shall rescue thee.) NIV 22 Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you. WYC 23 Abomination with God is weight and weight; a guileful balance is not good. (An abomination with God is different weights; a deceitful scale is not good.) NIV 23 The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him. WYC 24 The steps of man be (ad)dressed of the Lord; who forsooth of men may understand his way? (The steps of a person be directed by the Lord; for who can understand his own way?) NIV 24 A person’s steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand their own way? WYC 25 (A) Falling of man is to make (an) avow to (the) saints, and (then) afterward to withdraw the vows. NIV 25 It is a trap to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider one’s vows. WYC 26 A wise king scattereth wicked men; and boweth a bow of victory, that is, a stone bow, over them. NIV 26 A wise king winnows out the wicked; he drives the threshing wheel over them. WYC 27 The lantern of the Lord is the spirit of man, that seeketh out all the privates of the womb. (The spirit of people is the lantern of the Lord, and it seeketh out all our innermost secrets.) NIV 27 The human spirit is the lamp of the LORD that sheds light on one’s inmost being. WYC 28 Mercy and truth keep a king; and his throne is made strong by meekness. (Fairness and faithfulness, or loyalty, keep a king safe and secure; and his throne is made strong by humility, or by righteousness.) NIV 28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure. WYC 29 The full out joying of young men is the strength of them; and the dignity of eld men is hoariness. (The rejoicing, or the glory, of young men is their strength; and the dignity of old men is their white, or gray, hair.) NIV 29 The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old. WYC 30 The wanness of (a) wound shall wipe away evils, and (so do) wounds in the privier things of the womb. (Sometimes a deep, blue wound shall set someone straight, and sometimes so do wounds in the secret, or the innermost, places of the heart.) NIV 30 Blows and wounds scrub away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.

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