Proverbs 6

Parental Counsel

My son, if you have become a surety for your neighbor,
Lit clapped your palms
given a pledge for a stranger,
If you have been snared with the words of your mouth,
Have been caught with the words of your mouth,
Do 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.
Give no d sleep to your eyes,
Nor slumber to your eyelids;
Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hunter’s hand
And like a e bird from the hand of the fowler.

Go to the f ant, O g sluggard,
Observe her ways and be wise,
Which, having h no chief,
Officer or ruler,
Prepares her food i in the summer
And gathers her provision in the harvest.
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 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.

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 scrapes
signals with his feet,
Lit instructs with
points 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 soul
to 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 law
teaching of your mother;
21  al Bind them continually on your heart;
Tie them around your neck.
22 When 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.
23 For aq the commandment is a lamp and the
Or law
teaching 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 woman
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 wife
an adulteress ay hunts for the precious life.
27 Can a man
Lit snatch up
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 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;
31 But when he is found, he must bg repay sevenfold;
He must give all the
Or wealth
substance of his house.
32 The one who commits adultery with a woman is bi lacking
Lit heart
He who would bk destroy
Lit his soul
himself 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 of
enrages a man,
And he will not spare in the bo day of vengeance.
35 He 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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