Parental Counsel1 My son, if you have become a surety for your neighbor,
▼ Lit clapped your palmsgiven 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 ▼
▼ Lit palmhand of your neighbor,
Go, humble yourself, and importune your neighbor.
4 Give no d sleep to your eyes,
Nor slumber to your eyelids;
5 Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hunter’s hand
And like a e bird from the hand of the fowler.
6 Go to the f ant, O g sluggard,
Observe her ways and be wise,
7 Which, having h no chief,
Officer or ruler,
8 Prepares her food i 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 j “A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to ▼
▼ Lit lie downrest”—
11 l Your poverty will come in like a ▼
▼ Lit one who walksvagabond
And your need like ▼
▼ Lit a man with a shieldan armed man.
12 A o worthless person, a wicked man,
Is the one who walks with a p perverse mouth,
13 Who q winks with his eyes, who ▼
▼ Lit scrapessignals with his feet,
▼ Lit instructs withpoints with his fingers;
14 Who with t perversity in his heart continually u devises evil,
▼ Lit sends out, w spreads strife.
15 Therefore x his calamity will come suddenly;
y Instantly he will be broken and there will be z no healing.
16 There are six things which the Lord hates,
Yes, seven which are an abomination ▼
▼ Lit of His soulto Him:
17 ab Haughty eyes, a ac lying tongue,
And hands that ad shed innocent blood,
18 A heart that devises ae wicked plans,
af Feet that run rapidly to evil,
19 A ag false witness who utters lies,
And one who ▼
▼ Lit sends out, ai spreads strife among brothers.
20 aj My son, observe the commandment of your father
And do not forsake the ▼
▼ Or lawteaching of your mother;
21 al Bind them continually on your heart;
Tie them around your neck.
22 When you am walk about, ▼ they will guide you;
When you sleep ▼ they will watch over you;
And when you awake ▼ they will talk to you.
23 For aq the commandment is a lamp and the ▼
▼ Or lawteaching is light;
And reproofs for discipline are the way of life
24 To as keep you from the evil woman,
From the smooth tongue of the ▼
▼ Lit foreign womanadulteress.
25 au Do not desire her beauty in your heart,
Nor let her capture you with her av eyelids.
26 For aw on account of a harlot one is reduced to a loaf of bread,
▼ Lit a man’s wifean adulteress ay hunts for the precious life.
27 Can a man ▼
▼ Lit snatch uptake 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 ba goes in to his neighbor’s wife;
Whoever touches her bb will not ▼
▼ Lit be innocentgo unpunished.
▼ Lit They do not; or Do not men...?Men do not despise a thief if he steals
To be satisfy ▼
▼ Lit his soulhimself when he is hungry;
31 But when he is found, he must bg repay sevenfold;
He must give all the ▼
▼ Or wealthsubstance of his house.
32 The one who commits adultery with a woman is bi lacking ▼
▼ Lit heartsense;
He who would bk destroy ▼
▼ Lit his soulhimself does it.
33 Wounds and disgrace he will find,
And his reproach will not be blotted out.
34 For bm jealousy ▼
▼ Lit is the rage ofenrages a man,
And he will not spare in the bo day of vengeance.
35 He will not ▼
▼ Lit lift up the face of anyaccept any ransom,
Nor will he be ▼
▼ Lit willingsatisfied though you give many ▼
▼ Or bribesgifts.
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