By GL Jones
A comparison of the King James and the New Life Translation Versions of Proverbs 24.
Contrast: Righteousness & Wickedness (Proverbs 24:23-34) KJV:
23- These things also belong to the wise. It is not good to have respect of persons in judgment.
24- He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:
25- But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.
26- Every man shall kiss his lips that giveth a right answer.
27- Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.
28- Be not a witness against thy neighbour without cause; and deceive not with thy lips.
29- Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.
30- I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding;
31- And lo, it was all grown over with thorns, and nettles had covered the face thereof, and the stone wall thereof was broken down.
32- Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction.
33- Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
34- So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.
Contrast: Righteousness & Wickedness (Proverbs 24:23-34) NLT:
23- Here are some further sayings of the wise:It is wrong to show favoritism when passing judgment.
24- A judge who says to the wicked, “You are innocent,”will be cursed by many people and denounced by the nations.
25- But it will go well for those who convict the guilty;rich blessings will be showered on them.
26- An honest answeris like a kiss of friendship.
27- Do your planning and prepare your fieldsbefore building your house.
28- Don’t testify against your neighbors without cause;don’t lie about them.
29- And don’t say, “Now I can pay them back for what they’ve done to me!I’ll get even with them!”
30- I walked by the field of a lazy person,the vineyard of one with no common sense.
31- I saw that it was overgrown with nettles.It was covered with weeds,and its walls were broken down.
32- Then, as I looked and thought about it,I learned this lesson:
33- A little extra sleep, a little more slumber,a little folding of the hands to rest—
34- then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit;scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.