- My son, if thou art become surety for thy neighbour, if thou hast struck thy hands for a stranger -
- Thou art snared by the words of thy mouth, thou art caught by the words of thy mouth -
- Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, seeing thou art come into the hand of thy neighbour;
go, humble thyself, and urge thy neighbour.
- Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.
- Deliver thyself as a gazelle 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 gatherest 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 runner, and thy want as an armed man.
- A base person, a man of iniquity, is he that walketh with a froward mouth;
- That winketh with his eyes, that scrapeth with his feet, that pointeth with his fingers;
- Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth evil continually;
he soweth discord.
- Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly;
on a sudden shall he be broken, and that without remedy.
- There are six things which the LORD 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 thoughts, feet that are swift in running to evil;
- A false witness that breatheth out lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
- My son, keep the commandment of thy father, and forsake not the teaching of thy mother;
- Bind them continually upon thy heart, tie them about thy neck.
- When thou walkest, it shall lead thee, when thou liest down, it shall watch over thee;
and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.
- For the commandment is a lamp, and the teaching is light, and reproofs of instruction are the way of life;
- To keep thee from the evil woman, from the smoothness of the alien tongue.
- Lust not after her beauty in thy heart;
neither let her captivate thee with her eyelids.
- For on account of a harlot a man is brought to a loaf of bread, but 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 neighbour"s wife;
whosoever toucheth her shall not go unpunished.
- Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry;
- But if he be found, he must restore sevenfold, he must give all the substance of his house.
- He that committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding;
he doeth it that would destroy his own soul.
- Wounds and dishonour 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.