Proverbs 6

Admonitions and Warnings against Dangerous and Destructive Acts1

6:1 My child,2 if you have made a pledge3 for your neighbor,

and4 have become a guarantor5 for a stranger,6

6:2 if7 you have been ensnared8 by the words you have uttered,9

and have been caught by the words you have spoken,

6:3 then, my child, do this in order to deliver yourself,10

because you have fallen into your neighbor’s power:11

go, humble yourself,12

and appeal firmly13 to your neighbor.

6:4 Permit no sleep to your eyes14

or slumber to your eyelids.

6:5 Deliver yourself like a gazelle from a snare,15

and like a bird from the trap16 of the fowler.

6:6 Go to the ant, you sluggard;17

observe its ways and be wise!

6:7 It has no commander,

overseer, or18 ruler,

6:8 yet it prepares its food in the summer;

it gathers at the harvest what it will eat.19

6:9 How long, you sluggard, will you lie there?

When will you rise from your sleep?20

6:10 A little sleep, a little slumber,

a little folding of the hands to relax,21

6:11 and your poverty will come like a robber,22

and your need like an armed man.23

6:12 A worthless and wicked person24

walks around saying perverse25 things;26

6:13 he winks with his eyes,

signals with his feet,

and points with his fingers;27

6:14 he plots evil with perverse thoughts28 in his heart,

he spreads contention29 at all times.

6:15 Therefore, his disaster will come suddenly;

in an instant30 he will be broken, and there will be no remedy.

6:16 There are six things that the Lord hates,

even31 seven32 things that are an abomination to him:33

6:17 haughty eyes,34 a lying tongue,35

and hands that shed innocent blood,36

6:18 a heart that devises wicked plans,37

feet that are swift to run38 to evil,

6:19 a false witness who pours out lies,39

and a person who spreads discord40 among family members.41

6:20 My child, guard the commands of your father

and do not forsake the instruction of your mother.

6:21 Bind them42 on your heart continually;

fasten them around your neck.

6:22 When you walk about,43 they44 will guide you;

when you lie down, they will watch over you;

when you wake up,45 they will talk46 to you.

6:23 For the commandments47 are like48 a lamp,49

instruction is like a light,

and rebukes of discipline are like50 the road leading to life,51

6:24 by keeping52 you from the evil woman,53

from the smooth tongue of54 the loose woman.55

6:25 Do not lust56 in your heart for her beauty,

and do not let her captivate you with her alluring eyes;57

6:26 for on account58 of a prostitute one is brought down to a loaf of bread,

but the wife of another man59 preys on your precious life.60

6:27 Can a man hold61 fire62 against his chest63

without64 burning his clothes?

6:28 Can65 a man walk on hot coals

without scorching his feet?

6:29 So it is with66 the one who has sex with67 his neighbor’s wife;

no one68 who touches69 her will escape70 punishment.71

6:30 People72 do not despise a thief when he steals

to fulfill his need73 when he is hungry.

6:31 Yet74 if he is caught75 he must repay76 seven times over,

he might even have to give77 all the wealth of his house.

6:32 A man who commits adultery with a woman lacks wisdom,78

whoever does it destroys his own life.79

6:33 He will be beaten and despised,80

and his reproach will not be wiped away;81

6:34 for jealousy kindles82 a husband’s83 rage,

and he will not show mercy84 when he takes revenge.

6:35 He will not consider85 any compensation;86

he will not be willing, even if you multiply the compensation.87

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