Practical Warnings1 My son, if you have put up asecurity for your neighbor,
have bgiven your pledge for a stranger,
2if you are csnared in the words of your mouth,
caught in the words of your mouth,
3then do this, my son, and save yourself,
for you have come into the hand of your neighbor:
go, hasten ▼
▼Or humble yourselfand eplead urgently with your neighbor.
4 fGive your eyes no sleep
and your eyelids no slumber;
5save yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, ▼
▼Hebrew lacks of the hunter
hlike a bird from the hand of the fowler.
6 iGo to jthe ant, O ksluggard;
consider her ways, and lbe wise.
7 mWithout having any chief,
nofficer, or ruler,
8she prepares her bread oin summer
and pgathers her food in harvest.
9 qHow long will you lie there, rO sluggard?
When will you arise from your sleep?
10 sA little sleep, a little slumber,
ta little ufolding of the hands to rest,
11 vand poverty will come upon you like a robber,
and want like an armed man.
12 wA worthless person, a wicked man,
goes about with xcrooked speech,
13 ywinks with his eyes, signals ▼
▼Hebrew scrapeswith his feet,
points with his finger,
14with aaperverted heart abdevises evil,
continually acsowing discord;
15therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly;
adin a moment he will be broken aebeyond healing.
16 There are afsix things that the Lord hates,
agseven that are an abomination to him:
17 ahhaughty eyes aia lying tongue,
and ajhands that shed innocent blood,
18 aka heart that devises wicked plans,
alfeet that make haste to run to evil,
19 ama false witness who anbreathes out lies,
and one who aosows discord among brothers.
Warnings Against Adultery20 apMy son, keep your father’s commandment,
aqand forsake not your mother’s teaching.
21 arBind them on your heart always;
astie them around your neck.
22 atWhen you walk, they ▼
▼Hebrew it; three times in this versewill lead you;
avwhen you lie down, they will awwatch over you;
and when you awake, they will talk with you.
23For the commandment is axa lamp and the teaching a light,
and the ayreproofs of discipline are the way of life,
24to preserve you from the evil woman ▼
▼Revocalization (compare Septuagint) yields from the wife of a neighbor
from the smooth tongue of bathe adulteress. ▼
▼Hebrew the foreign woman
25 bcDo not desire her beauty in your heart,
and do not let her capture you with her bdeyelashes;
26for bethe price of a prostitute is only bfa loaf of bread ▼
▼Or (compare Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate) for a prostitute leaves a man with nothing but a loaf of bread
but a married woman ▼
▼Hebrew a man’s wifebihunts down a precious life.
27Can a man carry bjfire next to his bkchest
and his clothes not be burned?
28Or can one blwalk on hot coals
and his feet not be scorched?
29So is he who goes in to his neighbor’s wife;
none who touches her bmwill go unpunished.
30People do not despise a thief if he steals
to bnsatisfy his appetite when he is hungry,
31but boif he is caught, he will pay bpsevenfold;
he will give all the goods of his house.
32He who commits adultery lacks sense;
he who does it destroys himself.
33He will get wounds and dishonor,
and his disgrace will not be wiped away.
34For bqjealousy makes a man furious,
and he will not spare when brhe takes revenge.
35He will accept no compensation;
he will refuse though you multiply gifts.
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