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Proverbs 6 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

1 Instruction for sureties. 6 The slothful and sluggish is stirred to work. 12 He describeth the nature of the wicked. 16 The things that God hateth. 20 To observe the word of God. 24 To flee adultery.

My son, if thou be surety for thy neighbor, and hast stricken hands with the stranger,

Thou art [a]snared with the words of thy mouth: thou art even taken with the words of thine own mouth.

Do this now, my Son, and deliver thyself: seeing thou art come into the hand of thy neighbor, go, and humble thyself, and solicit thy friends.

Give no sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.

Deliver thyself as a Doe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.

¶ Go to [b]the pismire, O sluggard: behold her ways, and be wise.

For she having no guide, governor, nor ruler,

Prepareth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in harvest.

How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of the sleep?

10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, [c]a little folding of the hands to sleep.

11 Therefore thy poverty cometh as one that [d]traveleth by the way, and thy necessity like [e]an armed man.

12 The unthrifty man [f]and the wicked man walketh with a froward mouth.

13 He maketh a sign with his eyes: he [g]signifieth with his feet: he [h]instructeth with his fingers.

14 Lewd things are in his heart: he imagineth evil at all times, and raiseth up contentions.

15 Therefore shall his destruction come speedily: he shall be destroyed suddenly without recovery.

16 ¶ These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, his soul abhorreth seven:

17 The haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and the hands that shed innocent blood,

18 An heart that imagineth wicked enterprises, [i]feet that be swift in running to mischief,

19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and him that raiseth up contentions among [j]brethren.

20 ¶ My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not thy mother’s instruction.

21 Bind them always upon thine [k]heart, and tie them about thy neck.

22 It shall lead thee when thou walkest: it shall watch for thee when thou sleepest, and when thou wakest, it shall talk with thee.

23 For the [l]commandment is a lantern, and instruction a light: and [m]corrections for instruction are the way of life,

24 To keep thee from the wicked woman, and from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.

25 Desire not her beauty in thine heart, neither let her take thee with her [n]eye lids.

26 For because of the whorish woman, a man is brought to a morsel of bread, and a woman will hunt for the precious life of a man.

27 [o]Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burnt?

28 Or can a man go upon coals, and his feet not be burnt?

29 So he that goeth into his neighbor’s wife, shall not be innocent, whosoever toucheth her.

30 Men do not [p]despise a thief, when he stealeth to satisfy his [q]soul, because he is hungry.

31 But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold, or he shall give all the substance of his house.

32 But he that commiteth adultery with a woman, he [r]is destitute of understanding: he that doeth it, destroyeth his own soul.

33 He shall find [s]a wound and dishonor, and his reproach shall never be put away.

34 For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not [t]spare in the day of vengeance.

35 He cannot bear the sight of any ransom: neither will he consent, though thou augment the gifts.


  1. Proverbs 6:2 He forbiddeth us not to become surety one for another, according to the rule of charity, but that we consider for whom and after what sort, so that the creditor may not be defrauded.
  2. Proverbs 6:6 If the word of God cannot instruct thee, yet learn at the little pismire to labor for thyself and not to burden others.
  3. Proverbs 6:10 He expresseth lively the nature of the sluggards, which though they sleep never so long, yet have never enough, but ever seek occasions thereunto.
  4. Proverbs 6:11 That is, suddenly, and when thou lookest not for it.
  5. Proverbs 6:11 It shall come in such sort, as thou are not able to resist it.
  6. Proverbs 6:12 He showeth to what inconvenience the idle persons and sluggards come, by calling them unthrifty, or the men of Belial, and slanderous.
  7. Proverbs 6:13 Hebrew, speaketh.
  8. Proverbs 6:13 Thus all his gesture tendeth to wickedness.
  9. Proverbs 6:18 Meaning, the raging affections, which carry a man away in such sort that he cannot tell what he doeth.
  10. Proverbs 6:19 Or, neighbors.
  11. Proverbs 6:21 Read Prov. 3:3.
  12. Proverbs 6:23 By the commandment, he meaneth the word of God: and by the instruction, the preaching and declaration of the same, which is committed to the Church.
  13. Proverbs 6:23 And reprehensions when the word is preached bring us to life.
  14. Proverbs 6:25 With her wanton looks and gesture.
  15. Proverbs 6:27 Meaning, that she will never cease till she have brought thee to beggary, and then seek thy destruction.
  16. Proverbs 6:30 He reproveth not theft, but showeth that it is not so abominable as whoredom, forasmuch as theft might be redeemed: but adultery was a perpetual infamy, and death by the law of God.
  17. Proverbs 6:30 Meaning, for very necessity.
  18. Proverbs 6:32 Hebrew, faileth in heart.
  19. Proverbs 6:33 That is, death appointed by the Law.
  20. Proverbs 6:34 He showeth that man by nature seeketh his death, that hath abused his wife, and so concludeth, that neither God’s Law nor the law of nature admitteth any ransom for the adultery.
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Proverbs 6 New International Version (NIV)

Warnings Against Folly

My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor,
    if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger,
you have been trapped by what you said,
    ensnared by the words of your mouth.
So do this, my son, to free yourself,
    since you have fallen into your neighbor’s hands:
Go—to the point of exhaustion—[a]
    and give your neighbor no rest!
Allow no sleep to your eyes,
    no slumber to your eyelids.
Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,
    like a bird from the snare of the fowler.

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
    consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
    no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
    and gathers its food at harvest.

How long will you lie there, you sluggard?
    When will you get up from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber,
    a little folding of the hands to rest
11 and poverty will come on you like a thief
    and scarcity like an armed man.

12 A troublemaker and a villain,
    who goes about with a corrupt mouth,
13     who winks maliciously with his eye,
    signals with his feet
    and motions with his fingers,
14     who plots evil with deceit in his heart—
    he always stirs up conflict.
15 Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant;
    he will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.

16 There are six things the Lord hates,
    seven that are detestable to him:
17         haughty eyes,
        a lying tongue,
        hands that shed innocent blood,
18         a heart that devises wicked schemes,
        feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19         a false witness who pours out lies
        and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.

Warning Against Adultery

20 My son, keep your father’s command
    and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
21 Bind them always on your heart;
    fasten them around your neck.
22 When you walk, they will guide you;
    when you sleep, they will watch over you;
    when you awake, they will speak to you.
23 For this command is a lamp,
    this teaching is a light,
and correction and instruction
    are the way to life,
24 keeping you from your neighbor’s wife,
    from the smooth talk of a wayward woman.

25 Do not lust in your heart after her beauty
    or let her captivate you with her eyes.

26 For a prostitute can be had for a loaf of bread,
    but another man’s wife preys on your very life.
27 Can a man scoop fire into his lap
    without his clothes being burned?
28 Can a man walk on hot coals
    without his feet being scorched?
29 So is he who sleeps with another man’s wife;
    no one who touches her will go unpunished.

30 People do not despise a thief if he steals
    to satisfy his hunger when he is starving.
31 Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold,
    though it costs him all the wealth of his house.
32 But a man who commits adultery has no sense;
    whoever does so destroys himself.
33 Blows and disgrace are his lot,
    and his shame will never be wiped away.

34 For jealousy arouses a husband’s fury,
    and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.
35 He will not accept any compensation;
    he will refuse a bribe, however great it is.


  1. Proverbs 6:3 Or Go and humble yourself,
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