Proverbs 20 New International Version (NIV)
20 Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler;
2 A king’s wrath strikes terror like the roar of a lion;
3 It is to one’s honor to avoid strife,
4 Sluggards do not plow in season;
5 The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters,
6 Many claim to have unfailing love,
7 The righteous lead blameless lives;
8 When a king sits on his throne to judge,
9 Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure;
10 Differing weights and differing measures—
11 Even small children are known by their actions,
12 Ears that hear and eyes that see—
13 Do not love sleep or you will grow poor;
14 “It’s no good, it’s no good!” says the buyer—
15 Gold there is, and rubies in abundance,
16 Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger;
17 Food gained by fraud tastes sweet,
18 Plans are established by seeking advice;
19 A gossip betrays a confidence;
20 If someone curses their father or mother,
21 An inheritance claimed too soon
22 Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!”
23 The Lord detests differing weights,
24 A person’s steps are directed by the Lord.
25 It is a trap to dedicate something rashly
26 A wise king winnows out the wicked;
27 The human spirit is[a] the lamp of the Lord
28 Love and faithfulness keep a king safe;
29 The glory of young men is their strength,
30 Blows and wounds scrub away evil,
Proverbs 20 King James Version (KJV)
20 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
2 The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.
3 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.
4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.
6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?
7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.
8 A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.
9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?
10 Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the Lord.
11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.
12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made even both of them.
13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
14 It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.
15 There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
16 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
17 Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.
18 Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.
19 He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.
20 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.
21 An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.
22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the Lord, and he shall save thee.
23 Divers weights are an abomination unto the Lord; and a false balance is not good.
24 Man's goings are of the Lord; how can a man then understand his own way?
25 It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy, and after vows to make enquiry.
26 A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them.
27 The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly.
28 Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.
29 The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the grey head.
30 The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.
Click the button below to continue.
Upgrade, and get the most out of your new account. An integrated digital Bible study library - including complete notes from the NIV Study Bible and the NKJV MacArthur Study Bible - is just a step away! Try it free for 30 days.
Three easy steps to start your free trial subscription to Bible Gateway Plus.