- ¶ MY son, if you have become surety for your friend, if you have obligated yourself to a stranger,
- Then you are snared with the words of your mouth, you are caught with the words of your lips.
- Do this now, my son, and deliver yourself because, for the sake of your friend, you have fallen into the hands of your enemies;
go, therefore, and stir up your friend for whom you have become surety to meet his obligation.
- You shall not give sleep to your eyes nor slumber to your eyelids.
- Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the snare, and like a bird from the hand of the fowler.
- ¶ Be like the ant, consider her ways, and be wise;
- Though having no harvest and no ruler over her, neither any one to guide her,
- She provides her bread in the summer and gathers her food in the harvest.
- How long will you sleep, O sluggard?
When will you arise from your sleep?
- Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands on the chest;
- And then poverty shall come upon you, and distress shall overtake you;
become a successful man.
- ¶ A fool, a wicked man, is unscrupulous.
- He winks with his eyes, he signals with his feet, he makes signs with his fingers;
- He is perverse in his heart, he devises mischief continually;
he sows discord.
- Therefore his calamity shall come suddenly;
suddenly will he be broken without remedy.
- There are six things which the LORD hates;
yea, the seventh is an abomination to him:
- Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood.
- A heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that are swift in running to mischief,
- A false witness who speaks lies, and he who sows discord among brothers.
- ¶ My son, keep your father’s commandment and do not forsake the law of your mother;
- Impress them firmly on your heart and tie them about your neck.
- When you walk, let them follow you;
let them be with you, keep them that they may keep you;
and when you awake, meditate on them.
- For the commandment is a lamp, and the law is a light, and the reproofs of instruction are the way of life,
- To keep you from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.
- Do not lust after her beauty in your heart;
neither let her snare you with her eyes, nor let her captivate you with her eyelids.
- For the appearance of a harlot is tempting like a loaf of bread;
and the adulteress hunts for the precious life.
- Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
- Can one walk upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?
- So is he who goes in to his neighbor’s wife and touches her;
he shall not be innocent.
- No one wonders at a thief when he is caught stealing, for he steals to satisfy himself when he is hungry;
- But if he is caught, he shall pay sevenfold;
he shall give all the goods of his house.
- But he who commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding, and he destroys his own soul.
- And he who does it brings dishonor upon himself;
and his reproach shall not be wiped out.
- For jealousy provokes a man’s rage;
therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
- He will not regard any ransom;
nor will he listen, though you increase the bribe.