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Sayings of the Wise

17 Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise,

And apply your heart to my knowledge;

18 For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you;

Let them all be fixed upon your lips,

19 So that your trust may be in the Lord;

I have instructed you today, even you.

20 Have I not written to you excellent things

Of counsels and knowledge,

21 pThat I may make you know the certainty of the words of truth,

qThat you may answer words of truth

To those who 4send to you?

22 Do not rob the rpoor because he is poor,

Nor oppress the afflicted at the gate;

23 sFor the Lord will plead their cause,

And plunder the soul of those who plunder them.

24 Make no friendship with an angry man,

And with a tfurious man do not go,

25 Lest you learn his ways

And set a snare for your soul.

26 uDo not be one of those who 5shakes hands in a pledge,

One of those who is 6surety for debts;

27 If you have nothing with which to pay,

Why should he take away your bed from under you?

28 vDo not remove the ancient 7landmark

Which your fathers have set.

29 Do you see a man who 8excels in his work?

He will stand before kings;

He will not stand before 9unknown men.


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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