1 Wine is a voluptuous thing, and drunkenness causes sedition; whoso delighteth therein, shall never be wise.
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 king ought to be feared as the roaring of a lion; whoso provoketh him unto anger, offendeth against his own soul.
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.
3 It is a man's honour to keep himself from strife; but they that have pleasure in brawling, are fools every one.
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.
4 A slothful body will not go to plow, for cold of the winter; therefore shall he go a begging in Summer and have nothing.
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.
5 Wise counsel in the heart of man is like a water in the deep of the earth; but he that hath understanding bringeth it forth.
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 Many there be that would be called good-doers; but where shall one find a true faithful man?
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?
7 Whoso leadeth a godly and an innocent life; happy shall his children be whom he leaveth behind him.
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!
8 A king that sitteth in judgment, and looketh well about him, driveth away all evil.
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.
9 Who can say, "My heart is clean, I am innocent from sin"?
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 To use two manner of weights, or two manner of measures, both these are abominable unto the LORD.
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 A child is known by his conversation, whether his works be pure and right.
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.
12 As for the hearing of the ear and the sight of the eye, the LORD hath made them both.
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.
13 Delight not thou in sleep, lest thou come to poverty; but open thine eyes, and thou shalt have bread enough.
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.
14 "It is naught; It is naught," sayeth he that buyeth anything: but when he cometh to his own house, then he boasteth of his pennyworth.
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.
15 A mouth of understanding is more worth than gold, many precious stones, and costly Jewels.
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 that is surety for a stranger; and take a pledge of him for the unknown man's sake.
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 Every man liketh the bread that is gotten in deceit; but at the last his mouth shall be filled with gravel.
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.
18 Through counsel the things that men devise go forward; and with discretion ought wars to be taken in hand.
18 Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.
18 Make plans by seeking advice; make war by obtaining guidance.
19 Meddle not with him that betrayeth secrets, and is a slanderer, and deceiveth with his lips.
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 and mother, his light shall be put out in the midst of darkness.
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.
21 The heritage that cometh too hastily at the first, shall not be praised at the end.
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 put thy trust in the LORD, and he shall defend thee.
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 The LORD abhoreth two manner of weights, and a false balance is an evil thing.
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.
24 The LORD ordereth every man's goings; for what is he, that understandeth his own way?
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?
25 It is a snare for a man to blaspheme that which is holy, and then to go about with vows.
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 destroyeth the ungodly, and bringeth the wheel over them.
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.
27 The lantern of the LORD is the breath of man; and goeth through all the inward parts of the body.
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 faithfulness preserve the king, and with loving-kindness his seat is holden up.
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.
29 The strength of young men is their worship; and a grey head, is a honour unto the aged.
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.
30 Wounds drive away evil; and so do stripes the inward parts of the body.
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.
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