By GL Jones
A comparison of the King James and the New Life Translation Versions of Proverbs 23.
Contrast: Righteousness & Wickedness (Proverbs 23:29-35) KJV:
29- Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?
30- They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.
31- Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.
32- At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
33- Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.
34- Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.
35- They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.
Contrast: Righteousness & Wickedness (Proverbs 23:29-35) NLT:
29- Who has anguish? Who has sorrow?Who is always fighting? Who is always complaining?Who has unnecessary bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?
30- It is the one who spends long hours in the taverns,trying out new drinks.
31- Don’t gaze at the wine, seeing how red it is,how it sparkles in the cup, how smoothly it goes down.
32- For in the end it bites like a poisonous snake;it stings like a viper.
33- You will see hallucinations,and you will say crazy things.
34- You will stagger like a sailor tossed at sea,clinging to a swaying mast.
35- And you will say, “They hit me, but I didn’t feel it.I didn’t even know it when they beat me up.When will I wake upso I can look for another drink?”