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Proverbs 20:11-13 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

11 In their actions even children can playact
    though their deeds be blameless and right.[a]
12 The ear that hears, the eye that sees—
    the Lord has made them both.[b]
13 Do not love sleep lest you be reduced to poverty;
    keep your eyes open, have your fill of food.


  1. 20:11 The verb in colon A can mean either “to make oneself known” or “to play another person” (as in Gn 42:7 and 1 Kgs 14:5, 6). The second meaning makes a better parallel to colon B. The meaning is that if a child can playact, an adult can do so even more. Actions do not always reveal character.
  2. 20:12 Human judgments are not ultimate; the Lord expects proper use of these faculties.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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