1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
1 Wine causes mocking, and beer causes fights; everyone led astray by them lacks wisdom.
2 The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.
2 A king's anger is like a lion's roar; anyone who angers him forfeits his life.
2 The terror of a king is like the roaring of a lion;Whoever provokes him to anger forfeits his own life.
3 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.
3 Avoiding strife brings a man honor, but every fool is quarrelsome.
3 It is an honor for a man to keep away from strife [by handling situations with thoughtful foresight],But any fool will [start a] quarrel [without regard for the consequences].
4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
4 A lazy person doesn't plow in the proper season; he looks for a harvest, but there is nothing.
4 The lazy man does not plow when the winter [planting] season arrives;So he begs at the [next] harvest and has nothing [to reap].
5 A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water,But a man of understanding draws it out.
5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.
5 The intentions of a person's heart are deep waters, but a discerning person reveals them.
6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?
6 Many claim "I'm a loyal person!" but who can find someone who truly is?
6 Many a man proclaims his own loyalty and goodness,But who can find a faithful and trustworthy man?
7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.
7 The righteous person lives a life of integrity; happy are his children who follow him!
7 The righteous man who walks in integrity and lives life in accord with his [godly] beliefs—How blessed [happy and spiritually secure] are his children after him [who have his example to follow].
8 A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.
8 A king sits on a throne of justice, sifting out all sorts of evil with his glance.
8 A [discerning] king who sits on the throne of judgmentSifts all evil [like chaff] with his eyes [and cannot be easily fooled].
9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?
9 Who can say, "My intentions are pure; I am clean from any sin?"
10 Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the LORD.
10 False weights and measures the LORD surely detests both of them.
11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.
11 Even a child is known by his actions, whether his deeds are pure and right.
11 Even a boy is known and distinguished by his acts,Whether his conduct is pure and right.
12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.
12 The ear that hears and the eye that sees the LORD surely made them both.
12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye,The [omnipotent] Lord has made both of them.
13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
13 Do not love sleep or you'll become poor, keep your eyes open and you'll have plenty of food.
13 Do not love [excessive] sleep, or you will become poor;Open your eyes [so that you can do your work] and you will be satisfied with bread.
14 “Bad, bad,” says the buyer,But when he goes his way, then he boasts.
14 It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.
14 “It’s worthless, it’s worthless!” the buyer says,but after he is on his way, he gloats.
14 "This is bad, bad," says whoever is buying but then he brags as he walks away after the sale.
14 “It is [almost] worthless, it is [almost] worthless,” says the buyer [as he negotiates the price];But when he goes his way, then he boasts [about his bargain].
15 There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
15 There is an abundance of gold and precious stones, but lips of knowledge are a rare jewel.
16 Take his garment when he becomes surety for a stranger;And for foreigners, hold him in pledge.
16 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman.
16 Take the garment of anyone who puts up collateral for a stranger; hold it in pledge if he does it for an unfamiliar woman.
17 Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.
17 Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, but later his mouth will be full of gravel.
17 Food gained by deceit is sweet to a man,But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel [just as sin may be sweet at first, but later its consequences bring despair].
18 Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.
18 Make plans by seeking advice; make war by obtaining guidance.
18 Plans are established by counsel;So make war [only] with wise guidance.
19 He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.
19 Whoever spreads gossip betrays confidences; so don't get involved with someone who talks too much.
20 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.
20 Whoever curses his father or mother, his lamp will be extinguished in the deepest darkness.
20 Whoever curses his father or his mother,His lamp [of life] will be extinguished in time of darkness.
21 An inheritance gained hurriedly at the beginningWill not be blessed in the end.
21 An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.
21 An inheritance quickly obtained at the beginning will not be blessed at the end.
22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.
22 Don't say "I'll avenge that wrong!" Wait on the LORD and he will deliver you.
23 Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance is not good.
23 The LORD detests differing weights, and dishonest scales are not good.
23 Differing weights are detestable and offensive to the Lord,And fraudulent scales are not good.
24 Man's goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?
24 A man's steps are directed by the LORD; how then can anyone understand his own way?
24 Man’s steps are ordered and ordained by the Lord.How then can a man [fully] understand his way?
25 It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy, and after vows to make inquiry.
25 It is a trap for a person to declare quickly, "This is sacred," and only later to have second thoughts about the vows.
26 A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them.
26 A wise king sifts the wicked, crushing them with the threshing wheel.
26 A wise king sifts out the wicked [from among the good]And drives the [threshing] wheel over them [to separate the chaff from the grain].
27 The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.
27 A person's spirit is the lamp of the LORD; it searches throughout one's innermost being.
28 Mercy and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.
28 Loyalty and faithfulness deliver a king;through loyalty he maintains his throne.
28 Gracious love and truth preserve a king; through love his throne is made secure.
28 Loyalty and mercy, truth and faithfulness, protect the king,And he upholds his throne by lovingkindness.
29 The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the gray head.
29 The glory of young men is their strength; and the splendor of elders is their gray hair.
29 The glory of young men is their [physical] strength,And the honor of aged men is their gray head [representing wisdom and experience].
30 The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.
30 Blows that wound clean away evil; such beatings cleanse the innermost being.
30 Blows that wound cleanse away evil,And strokes reach to the innermost parts.
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