- My son, if thou art become surety for thy neighbor, If thou hast stricken thy hands for a stranger;
- Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, Thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
- Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, Seeing thou art come into the hand of thy neighbor: Go, humble thyself, and importune thy neighbor;
- Give not sleep to thine eyes, Nor slumber to thine eyelids;
- Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand [of the hunter], And as a bird from the hand of the fowler.
- Go to the ant, thou sluggard;
Consider her ways, and be wise:
- Which having no chief, Overseer, or ruler,
- Provideth her bread in the summer, And gathereth her food in the harvest.
- How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard?
When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
- [Yet] a little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep:
- So shall thy poverty come as a robber, And thy want as an armed man.
- A worthless person, a man of iniquity, Is he that walketh with a perverse mouth;
- That winketh with his eyes, that speaketh with his feet, That maketh signs with his fingers;
- In whose heart is perverseness, Who deviseth evil continually, Who soweth discord.
- Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly;
On a sudden shall he be broken, and that without remedy.
- There are six things which Jehovah hateth;
Yea, seven which are an abomination unto him:
- Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood;
- A heart that deviseth wicked purposes, Feet that are swift in running to mischief,
- A false witness that uttereth lies, And he that soweth discord among brethren.
- My son, keep the commandment of thy father, And forsake not the law of thy mother:
- Bind them continually upon thy heart;
Tie them about thy neck.
- When thou walkest, it shall lead thee;
When thou sleepest, it shall watch over thee;
And when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
- For the commandment is a lamp;
and the law is light;
And reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
- To keep thee from the evil woman, From the flattery of the foreigner’s tongue.
- Lust not after her beauty in thy heart;
Neither let her take thee with her eyelids.
- For on account of a harlot [a man is brought] to a piece of bread;
And the adulteress hunteth for the precious life.
- Can a man take fire in his bosom, And his clothes not be burned?
- Or can one walk upon hot coals, And his feet not be scorched?
- So he that goeth in to his neighbor’s wife;
Whosoever toucheth her shall not be unpunished.
- Men do not despise a thief, if he steal To satisfy himself when he is hungry:
- But if he be found, he shall restore sevenfold;
He shall give all the substance of his house.
- He that committeth adultery with a woman is void of understanding: He doeth it who would destroy his own soul.
- Wounds and dishonor shall he get;
And his reproach shall not be wiped away.
- For jealousy is the rage of a man;
And he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
- He will not regard any ransom;
Neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.