Proverbs 20
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1Wine is a mocker and strong drink is a brawler; whoever goes astray by them is not wise. 1Wine produces mockers; alcohol leads to brawls. Those led astray by drink cannot be wise.
2The king's terrifying anger is like the roar of a lion; whoever provokes him sins against himself. 2The king’s fury is like a lion’s roar; to rouse his anger is to risk your life.
3It is an honor for a person to cease from strife, but every fool quarrels. 3Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor; only fools insist on quarreling.
4The sluggard will not plow during the planting season, so at harvest time he looks for the crop but has nothing. 4Those too lazy to plow in the right season will have no food at the harvest.
5Counsel in a person's heart is like deep water, but an understanding person draws it out. 5Though good advice lies deep within the heart, a person with understanding will draw it out.
6Many people profess their loyalty, but a faithful person--who can find? 6Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is truly reliable?
7The righteous person behaves in integrity; blessed are his children after him. 7The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them.
8A king sitting on the throne to judge separates out all evil with his eyes. 8When a king sits in judgment, he weighs all the evidence, distinguishing the bad from the good.
9Who can say, "I have kept my heart clean; I am pure from my sin"? 9Who can say, “I have cleansed my heart; I am pure and free from sin”?
10Diverse weights and diverse measures--the LORD abhors both of them. 10False weights and unequal measures — the LORD detests double standards of every kind.
11Even a young man is known by his actions, whether his activity is pure and whether it is right. 11Even children are known by the way they act, whether their conduct is pure, and whether it is right.
12The ear that hears and the eye that sees--the LORD has made them both. 12Ears to hear and eyes to see— both are gifts from the LORD.
13Do not love sleep, lest you become impoverished; open your eyes so that you might be satisfied with food. 13If you love sleep, you will end in poverty. Keep your eyes open, and there will be plenty to eat!
14"It's worthless! It's worthless!" says the buyer, but when he goes on his way, he boasts. 14The buyer haggles over the price, saying, “It’s worthless,” then brags about getting a bargain!
15There is gold, and an abundance of rubies, but words of knowledge are like a precious jewel. 15Wise words are more valuable than much gold and many rubies.
16Take a man's garment when he has given security for a stranger, and when he gives surety for strangers, hold him in pledge. 16Get security from someone who guarantees a stranger’s debt. Get a deposit if he does it for foreigners.
17Bread gained by deceit tastes sweet to a person, but afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel. 17Stolen bread tastes sweet, but it turns to gravel in the mouth.
18Plans are established by counsel, so make war with guidance. 18Plans succeed through good counsel; don’t go to war without wise advice.
19The one who goes about gossiping reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with someone who is always opening his mouth. 19A gossip goes around telling secrets, so don’t hang around with chatterers.
20The one who curses his father and his mother, his lamp will be extinguished in the blackest darkness. 20If you insult your father or mother, your light will be snuffed out in total darkness.
21An inheritance gained easily in the beginning will not be blessed in the end. 21An inheritance obtained too early in life is not a blessing in the end.
22Do not say, "I will pay back evil!" Wait for the LORD, so that he may vindicate you. 22Don’t say, “I will get even for this wrong.” Wait for the LORD to handle the matter.
23The LORD abhors differing weights, and dishonest scales are wicked. 23The LORD detests double standards; he is not pleased by dishonest scales.
24The steps of a person are ordained by the LORD--so how can anyone understand his own way? 24The LORD directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way?
25It is a snare for a person to rashly cry, "Holy!" and only afterward to consider what he has vowed. 25Don’t trap yourself by making a rash promise to God and only later counting the cost.
26A wise king separates out the wicked; he turns the threshing wheel over them. 26A wise king scatters the wicked like wheat, then runs his threshing wheel over them.
27The human spirit is like the lamp of the LORD, searching all his innermost parts. 27The LORD’s light penetrates the human spirit, exposing every hidden motive.
28Loyal love and truth preserve a king, and his throne is upheld by loyal love. 28Unfailing love and faithfulness protect the king; his throne is made secure through love.
29The glory of young men is their strength, and the splendor of old men is gray hair. 29The glory of the young is their strength; the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old.
30Beatings and wounds cleanse away evil, and floggings cleanse the innermost being. 30Physical punishment cleanses away evil; such discipline purifies the heart.
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