Proverbs 6 New American Standard Bible

Warning against Idleness and Falsehood

6 1  My son , if you have become surety for your neighbor , Have 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 , 3  Do this then , my son , and deliver yourself ; Since you have come into the hand of your neighbor , Go , humble yourself, and importune your neighbor . 4  Give no sleep to your eyes , Nor slumber to your eyelids ; 5  Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hunter's hand And like a bird from the hand of the fowler .

6  Go to the ant , O sluggard , Observe her ways and be wise , 7  Which , having no chief , Officer or ruler , 8  Prepares her food 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  " A little sleep , a little slumber , A little folding of the hands to rest "- 11  Your poverty will come in like a vagabond And your need like an armed man .

12  A worthless person , a wicked man , Is the one who walks with a perverse mouth , 13  Who winks with his eyes , who signals with his feet , Who points with his fingers ; 14  Who with perversity in his heart continually e devises evil , Who spreads strife . 15  Therefore e his calamity will come suddenly ; Instantly he will be broken and there will be no healing . 16  There are six things which the Lord hates , Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: 17  Haughty eyes , a lying tongue , And hands that shed innocent blood , 18  A heart that devises wicked plans , Feet that run rapidly to evil , 19  A false witness who utters lies , And one who spreads strife among brothers .

Warning against Adultery

20  My son , observe the commandment of your father And do not forsake the teaching of your mother ; 21  Bind them continually on your heart ; Tie them around your neck . 22  When you 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 the commandment is a lamp and the teaching is light ; And reproofs for discipline are the way of life 24  To keep you from the evil woman , From the smooth tongue of the adulteress . 25  Do not desire her beauty in your heart , Nor let her capture you with her eyelids . 26  For on account of a harlot one is reduced to a loaf of bread , And an adulteress e hunts for the precious life . 27  Can a man 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 goes in to his neighbor's wife ; Whoever touches her will not go unpunished . 30  Men do not despise a thief if he steals To satisfy himself when he is hungry ; 31  But when he is found , he must repay sevenfold ; He must give all the substance of his house . 32  The one who commits adultery with a woman is lacking sense ; He who would destroy himself does it. 33  Wounds and disgrace he will find , And his reproach will not be blotted out. 34  For jealousy enrages a man , And he will not spare in the day of vengeance . 35  He will not accept e any ransom , Nor will he be satisfied though you give many gifts .

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