Proverbs 6

1My son, if thou have become surety for thy neighbor, if thou have struck thy hands for a stranger, 2thou are snared with the words of thy mouth, thou are taken with the words of thy mouth. 3Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, since thou have come into the hand of thy neighbor. Go, humble thyself, and importune thy neighbor. 4Do not give sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids. 5Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler. 6Go to the ant, thou sluggard. Consider her ways, and be wise. 7Which, having no chief, overseer, or ruler, 8provides her bread in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest. 9How long will thou sleep, O sluggard? When will thou arise out of thy sleep? 10A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep, 11so thy poverty shall come as a robber, and thy want as an armed man. 12A worthless person, a man of iniquity, is he who walks with a perverse mouth, 13who winks with his eyes, who speaks with his feet, who makes signs with his fingers, 14in whose heart is perverseness, who devises evil continually, who sows discord. 15Therefore his calamity shall come suddenly. Suddenly he shall be broken, and that without remedy. 16There are six things which Jehovah hates, yea, seven which are an abomination to him: 17haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18a heart that devises wicked purposes, feet that are swift in running to mischief, 19a false witness who utters lies, and he who sows discord among brothers. 20My son, keep the commandment of thy father, and do not forsake the law of thy mother. 21Bind them continually upon thy heart. Tie them about thy neck. 22When thou walk, it shall lead thee. When thou sleep, it shall watch over thee. And when thou awake, it shall talk with thee. 23For the commandment is a lamp, and the law is light, and reproofs of instruction are the way of life, 24to keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the stranger's tongue. 25Do not lust after her beauty in thy heart, nor let her take thee with her eyelids. 26For the price of a harlot is as much as a piece of bread, but the adulteress hunts for the precious life. 27Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? 28Or can a man walk upon hot coals, and his feet not be scorched? 29So is he who goes in to his neighbor's wife. Whoever touches her shall not be unpunished. 30Men do not despise a thief, if he steals to satisfy himself when he is hungry. 31Yet if he is found, he shall restore sevenfold. He shall give all the substance of his house. 32He who commits adultery with a woman is void of understanding. He who would destroy his own soul does it. 33Wounds and dishonor he shall get, and his reproach shall not be wiped away. 34For jealousy is a man's fury, and he will not spare in the day of vengeance. 35He will not regard any ransom, nor will he be satisfied, though thou give many gifts.
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