1 Wine is a scorner -- strong drink is noisy, And any going astray in it is not 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 fear of a king is a growl as of a young lion, He who is causing him to be wroth is wronging his 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 An honour to a man is cessation from strife, And every fool intermeddleth.
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 Because of winter the slothful plougheth not, He asketh in harvest, and there is 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 Counsel in the heart of a man is deep water, And a man of understanding draweth it up.
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 A multitude of men proclaim each his kindness, And a man of stedfastness who doth find?
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 The righteous is walking habitually in his integrity, O the happiness of his sons after 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 sitting on a throne of judgment, Is scattering with his eyes 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 saith, 'I have purified my heart, I have been cleansed from my 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 A stone and a stone, an ephah and an ephah, Even both of them are an abomination to Jehovah.
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 by his actions a youth maketh himself known, Whether his work be pure or upright.
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 A hearing ear, and a seeing eye, Jehovah hath made even both of them.
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 Love not sleep, lest thou become poor, Open thine eyes -- be satisfied with bread.
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 'Bad, bad,' saith the buyer, And going his way then he boasteth himself.
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 Substance, gold, and a multitude of rubies, Yea, a precious vessel, are lips of knowledge.
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 a stranger hath been surety, And for strangers pledge it.
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 Sweet to a man is the bread of falsehood, And afterwards is his mouth 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 Purposes by counsel thou dost establish, And with plans make thou war.
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 A revealer of secret counsels is the busybody, And for a deceiver with his lips make not thyself surety.
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 is vilifying his father and his mother, Extinguished is his lamp in blackness 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 An inheritance gotten wrongly at first, Even its latter end is not blessed.
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 Do not say, 'I recompense evil,' Wait for Jehovah, and He delivereth 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 An abomination to Jehovah are a stone and a stone, And balances of deceit are not good.
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 From Jehovah are the steps of a man, And man -- how understandeth he his 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 A snare to a man is he hath swallowed a holy thing, And after vows to make inquiry.
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 is scattering the wicked, And turneth back on them the wheel.
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 breath of man is a lamp of Jehovah, Searching all the inner parts of the heart.
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 Kindness and truth keep a king, And he hath supported by kindness his throne.
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 beauty of young men is their strength, And the honour of old men is grey hairs.
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 The bandages of a wound thou removest with the evil, Also the plagues of the inner parts of the heart!
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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