Proverbs 6

Parental Counsel

1My son, if you have become a  surety for your neighbor,
Lit clapped your palms
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,
3Do this then, my son, and deliver yourself;
Since you have come into the
Lit palm
hand of your neighbor,
Go, humble yourself, and importune your neighbor.
4Give no d  sleep to your eyes,
Nor slumber to your eyelids;
5Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hunter’s hand
And like a e  bird from the hand of the fowler.

6Go to the f  ant, O g  sluggard,
Observe her ways and be wise,
7Which, having h  no chief,
Officer or ruler,
8Prepares her food i  in the summer
And gathers her provision in the harvest.
9How 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 down
11 l  Your poverty will come in like a
Lit one who walks
And your need like
Lit a man with a shield
an armed man.

12A o  worthless person, a wicked man,
Is the one who walks with a p  perverse mouth,
13Who q  winks with his eyes, who
Lit scrapes
signals with his feet,
Lit instructs with
points with his fingers;
14Who with t  perversity in his heart continually u  devises evil,
Lit sends out
w  spreads strife.
15Therefore x  his calamity will come suddenly;
y  Instantly he will be broken and there will be z  no healing.

16There are six things which the  Lord hates,
Yes, seven which are an abomination
Lit of His soul
to Him:
17 ab  Haughty eyes, a ac  lying tongue,
And hands that ad  shed innocent blood,
18A heart that devises ae  wicked plans,
af  Feet that run rapidly to evil,
19A 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 law
teaching of your mother;
21 al  Bind them continually on your heart;
Tie them around your neck.
22When you am  walk about,
Lit she
they will guide you;
When you sleep
Lit she
they will watch over you;
And when you awake
Lit she
they will talk to you.
23For aq  the commandment is a lamp and the
Or law
teaching is light;
And reproofs for discipline are the way of life
24To as  keep you from the evil woman,
From the smooth tongue of the
Lit foreign woman
25 au  Do not desire her beauty in your heart,
Nor let her capture you with her av  eyelids.
26For aw  on account of a harlot one is reduced to a loaf of bread,
Lit a man’s wife
an adulteress ay  hunts for the precious life.
27Can a man
Lit snatch up
take fire in his bosom
And his clothes not be burned?
28Or can a man walk on hot coals
And his feet not be scorched?
29So is the one who ba  goes in to his neighbor’s wife;
Whoever touches her bb  will not
Lit be innocent
go unpunished.
Lit They do not; or Do not men...?
Men do not despise a thief if he steals
To be  satisfy
Lit his soul
himself when he is hungry;
31But when he is found, he must bg  repay sevenfold;
He must give all the
Or wealth
substance of his house.
32The one who commits adultery with a woman is bi  lacking
Lit heart
He who would bk  destroy
Lit his soul
himself does it.
33Wounds and disgrace he will find,
And his reproach will not be blotted out.
34For bm  jealousy
Lit is the rage of
enrages a man,
And he will not spare in the bo  day of vengeance.
35He will not
Lit lift up the face of any
accept any ransom,
Nor will he be
Lit willing
satisfied though you give many
Or bribes

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