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Proverbs 20 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:1 - Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:2 - A king’s wrath strikes terror like the roar of a lion; those who anger him forfeit their lives.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:3 - It is to one’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:4 - Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:5 - The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:6 - Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:7 - The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:8 - When a king sits on his throne to judge, he winnows out all evil with his eyes.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:9 - Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin”?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:10 - Differing weights and differing measures— the LORD detests them both.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:11 - Even small children are known by their actions, so is their conduct really pure and upright?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:12 - Ears that hear and eyes that see— the LORD has made them both.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:13 - Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:14 - “It’s no good, it’s no good!” says the buyer— then goes off and boasts about the purchase.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:15 - Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:16 - Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger; hold it in pledge if it is done for an outsider.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:17 - Food gained by fraud tastes sweet, but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:18 - Plans are established by seeking advice; so if you wage war, obtain guidance.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:19 - A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:20 - If someone curses their father or mother, their lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:21 - An inheritance claimed too soon will not be blessed at the end.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:22 - Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:23 - The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales do not please him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:24 - A person’s steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand their own way?
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:25 - It is a trap to dedicate something rashly and only later to consider one’s vows.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:26 - A wise king winnows out the wicked; he drives the threshing wheel over them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:27 - The human spirit is[fn] the lamp of the LORD that sheds light on one’s inmost being.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:28 - Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:29 - The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 20:30 - Blows and wounds scrub away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.
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