The New King James Version
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17 Better is aa dry morsel with quietness,

Than a house full of 1feasting with strife.

2 A wise servant will rule over ba son who causes shame,

And will share an inheritance among the brothers.

3 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,

cBut the Lord tests the hearts.

4 An evildoer gives heed to false lips;

A liar listens eagerly to a 2spiteful tongue.

5 dHe who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker;

eHe who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.

6 fChildren’s children are the crown of old men,

And the glory of children is their father.

7 Excellent speech is not becoming to a fool,

Much less lying lips to a prince.

8 A present is a precious stone in the eyes of its possessor;

Wherever he turns, he prospers.

9 gHe who covers a transgression seeks love,

But hhe who repeats a matter separates friends.

10 iRebuke is more effective for a wise man

Than a hundred blows on a fool.

11 An evil man seeks only rebellion;

Therefore a cruel messenger will be sent against him.

12 Let a man meet ja bear robbed of her cubs,

Rather than a fool in his folly.

13 Whoever krewards evil for good,

Evil will not depart from his house.

14 The beginning of strife is like releasing water;

Therefore lstop contention before a quarrel starts.

15 mHe who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just,

Both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.

16 Why is there in the hand of a fool the purchase price of wisdom,

Since he has no heart for it?

17 nA friend loves at all times,

And a brother is born for adversity.

18 oA man devoid of 3understanding 4shakes hands in a pledge,

And becomes 5surety for his friend.

19 He who loves transgression loves strife,

And phe who exalts his gate seeks destruction.

20 He who has a 6deceitful heart finds no good,

And he who has qa perverse tongue falls into evil.

21 He who begets a scoffer does so to his sorrow,

And the father of a fool has no joy.

22 A rmerry heart 7does good, like medicine,

But a broken spirit dries the bones.

23 A wicked man accepts a bribe 8behind the back

To pervert the ways of justice.

24 sWisdom is in the sight of him who has understanding,

But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.

25 A tfoolish son is a grief to his father,

And bitterness to her who bore him.

26 Also, to punish the righteous is not good,

Nor to strike princes for their uprightness.

27 uHe who has knowledge spares his words,

And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.

28 vEven a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace;

When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.


About The New King James Version

The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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