New King James Version
10 Do not forsake your own friend or your father’s friend,
Nor go to your brother’s house in the day of your calamity;
(A)Better is a neighbor nearby than a brother far away.
11 My son, be wise, and make my heart glad,
(B)That I may answer him who reproaches me.
12 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself;
The simple pass on and are (C)punished.
13 Take the garment of him who is surety for a stranger,
And hold it in pledge when he is surety for a seductress.
14 He who blesses his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning,
It will be counted a curse to him.
17 As iron sharpens iron,
So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
19 As in water face reflects face,
So a man’s heart reveals the man.
21 (H)The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,
And a man is valued by what others say of him.