6 My son, if you have become surety for your neighbor, Have [a]given a pledge for a stranger, 2 If you have been snared with the words of your mouth, Have been caught with the words of your mouth, 3 Do this then, my son, and deliver yourself; Since you have come into the [b]hand of your neighbor, Go, humble yourself, and importune your neighbor. 4 Give no sleep to your eyes, Nor slumber to your eyelids; 5 Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hunter’s hand And like a bird from the hand of the fowler.
6 Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise, 7 Which, having no chief, Officer or ruler, 8 Prepares her food in the summer And gathers her provision in the harvest. 9 How long will you lie down, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? 10 “A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to [c]rest”— 11 Your poverty will come in like a [d]vagabond And your need like [e]an armed man.
12 A worthless person, a wicked man, Is the one who walks with a perverse mouth, 13 Who winks with his eyes, who [f]signals with his feet, Who [g]points with his fingers; 14 Who withperversity in his heart continually devises evil, Who [h]spreads strife. 15 Therefore his calamity will come suddenly; Instantly he will be broken and there will be no healing.
16 There are six things which the Lord hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination [i]to Him: 17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil, 19 A false witness who utters lies, And one who [j]spreads strife among brothers.
20 My son, observe the commandment of your father And do not forsake the [k]teaching of your mother; 21 Bind them continually on your heart; Tie them around your neck. 22 When you walk about, [l]they will guide you; When you sleep, [m]they will watch over you; And when you awake, [n]they will talk to you. 23 For the commandment is a lamp and the [o]teaching is light; And reproofs for discipline are the way of life 24 To keep you from the evil woman, From the smooth tongue of the [p]adulteress. 25 Do not desire her beauty in your heart, Nor let her capture you with her eyelids. 26 For on account of a harlot one is reduced to a loaf of bread, And [q]an adulteress hunts for the precious life. 27 Can a man [r]take fire in his bosom And his clothes not be burned? 28 Or can a man walk on hot coals And his feet not be scorched? 29 So is the one who goes in to his neighbor’s wife; Whoever touches her will not [s]go unpunished. 30 [t]Men do not despise a thief if he steals To satisfy [u]himself when he is hungry; 31 But when he is found, he must repay sevenfold; He must give all the [v]substance of his house. 32 The one who commits adultery with a woman is lacking [w]sense; He who would destroy [x]himself does it. 33 Wounds and disgrace he will find, And his reproach will not be blotted out. 34 For jealousy [y]enrages a man, And he will not spare in the day of vengeance. 35 He will not [z]accept any ransom, Nor will he be [aa]satisfied though you give many [ab]gifts.
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