Proverbs 20
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1Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.1Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a brawler, and whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
2A king's wrath strikes terror like the roar of a lion; those who anger him forfeit their lives.2The terror of a king is like the roar of a lion; whoever provokes him forfeits his own life.
3It is to one's honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.3It is honorable for a man to resolve a dispute, but any fool will quarrel.
4Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing.4The slacker does not plow in season; at harvest time he looks, but nothing is there.
5The purposes of a person's heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.5The intentions of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.
6Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find?6Many a man proclaims his loving devotion, but who can find a trustworthy man?
7The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them.7The righteous man walks with integrity; blessed are his children after him.
8When a king sits on his throne to judge, he winnows out all evil with his eyes.8A king who sits on a throne to judge sifts out all evil with his eyes.
9Who can say, "I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin"?9Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure; I am cleansed from my sin”?
10Differing weights and differing measures-- the LORD detests them both.10Differing weights and unequal measures—both are detestable to the LORD.
11Even small children are known by their actions, so is their conduct really pure and upright?11Even a young man is known by his actions—whether his conduct is pure and upright.
12Ears that hear and eyes that see-- the LORD has made them both.12Ears that hear and eyes that see—the LORD has made them both.
13Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.13Do not love sleep, or you will grow poor; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of food.
14"It's no good, it's no good!" says the buyer-- then goes off and boasts about the purchase.14“Worthless, worthless!” says the buyer, but on the way out, he gloats.
15Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.15There is an abundance of gold and rubies, but lips of knowledge are a rare treasure.
16Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger; hold it in pledge if it is done for an outsider.16Take the garment of the one who posts security for a stranger; get collateral if it is for a foreigner.
17Food gained by fraud tastes sweet, but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel.17Food gained by fraud is sweet to a man, but later his mouth is full of gravel.
18Plans are established by seeking advice; so if you wage war, obtain guidance.18Set plans by consultation, and wage war under sound guidance.
19A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much.19He who reveals secrets is a constant gossip; avoid the one who babbles with his lips.
20If someone curses their father or mother, their lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.20Whoever curses his father or mother, his lamp will be extinguished in deepest darkness.
21An inheritance claimed too soon will not be blessed at the end.21An inheritance gained quickly will not be blessed in the end.
22Do not say, "I'll pay you back for this wrong!" Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you.22Do not say, “I will avenge this evil!” Wait on the LORD, and He will save you.
23The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him.23Unequal weights are detestable to the LORD, and dishonest scales are no good.
24A person's steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand their own way?24A man’s steps are from the LORD, so how can anyone understand his own way?
25It is a trap to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider one's vows.25It is a trap for a man to dedicate something rashly, only later to reconsider his vows.
26A wise king winnows out the wicked; he drives the threshing wheel over them.26A wise king separates out the wicked and drives the threshing wheel over them.
27The human spirit is the lamp of the LORD that sheds light on one's inmost being.27The spirit of a man is the lamp of the LORD, searching out his inmost being.
28Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure.28Loving devotion and faithfulness preserve a king; by these he maintains his throne.
29The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.29The glory of young men is their strength, and gray hair is the splendor of the old.
30Blows and wounds scrub away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.30Lashes and wounds scour evil, and beatings cleanse the inmost parts.
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