New King James Version
12 Let a man meet (A)a bear robbed of her cubs,
Rather than a fool in his folly.
13 Whoever (B)rewards evil for good,
Evil will not depart from his house.
14 The beginning of strife is like releasing water;
Therefore (C)stop contention before a quarrel starts.
15 (D)He 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 (E)A friend loves at all times,
And a brother is born for adversity.
19 He who loves transgression loves strife,
And (G)he who exalts his gate seeks destruction.
21 He who begets a scoffer does so to his sorrow,
And the father of a fool has no joy.
23 A wicked man accepts a bribe [f]behind the back
To pervert the ways of justice.