Books & Chapters
Proverbs 20 - NIV
Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler;
whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
A king’s wrath strikes terror like the roar of a lion;
those who anger him forfeit their lives.
It is to one’s honor to avoid strife,
but every fool is quick to quarrel.
Sluggards do not plow in season;
so at harvest time they look but find nothing.
The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters,
but one who has insight draws them out.
Many claim to have unfailing love,
but a faithful person who can find?
The righteous lead blameless lives;
blessed are their children after them.
When a king sits on his throne to judge,
he winnows out all evil with his eyes.
Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure;
I am clean and without sin”?
Differing weights and differing measures—
the Lord detests them both.
Even small children are known by their actions,
so is their conduct really pure and upright?
Ears that hear and eyes that see—
the Lord has made them both.
Do not love sleep or you will grow poor;
stay awake and you will have food to spare.
“It’s no good, it’s no good!” says the buyer—
then goes off and boasts about the purchase.
Gold there is, and rubies in abundance,
but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.