Aramaic Bible in Plain English
1My son, if you are security for your friend, you have yielded your hand to a stranger.
2You are trapped by the saying of your mouth and you are taken by the speech of your lips.
3Do thus my son and be delivered because you are security for the person of your friend; you have fallen into the hands of your enemy. Coax therefore your friend, for whom you are security
4And you shall not give sleep to your eyes neither slumber to your eyelids
5That you may be delivered like a deer from a net and like a bird from a snare.
6Be like the ant and see her ways and learn, for there is no harvest for her,
7And there is no ruler over her, neither anyone to drive her.
8And she prepares for herself her bread from the summer and she stores her food at harvest.
9How long will you sleep, sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep?
10You will slumber a little, and a little you will sleep, and for a little you will put your hand upon your chest.
11Poverty will come upon you and want will overtake you like an athletic man.
12A foolish evil man walks in rebellion.
13He winks with his eyes and strikes with his feet and he signals with his fingers,
14And he is turned backward in his heart and devises evil always, and he stirs up strife between two.
15Because of this, his ruin will come suddenly and suddenly he will be broken, and there will be no remedy for him.
16There are six things that Lord Jehovah hates, and his soul has despised a seventh:
17Lofty eyes and the false tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,
18The heart that makes plans of depravity and feet that hasten to run to evil,
19A false witness who speaks lies and deception among brothers.
20Keep, my son, the commandment of your father and do not forget the law of your mother.
21Fasten them in your heart permanently and coil them around your neck.
22And whenever you walk, make them cleave to you and they will be with you; keep them that they may keep you, and when you are awakened, they will be your meditation.
23For the commandment is a lamp and the law is a light, and reproof is the way of life and instruction,
24To keep you from the evil woman and from the slander of the tongue of the estranged woman.
25Do not desire her beauty in your heart and do not be ensnared by her eyes, neither let her capture you with her eyelids.
26For the comparison of a woman who is a harlot is like a loaf of bread, and a man's wife hunts the precious soul.
27Does a man put fire in his bosom and do his garments not burn?
28Or does a man walk upon coals of fire and his feet are unharmed?
29So he who goes unto the wife of his neighbor and touches her will not be innocent.
30And not to wonder at one who is caught stealing, because he steals to satisfy himself when he is hungry.
31And if he is caught stealing, he pays each sevenfold, and he gives all the possessions of his house.
32But he who commits adultery with a woman lacks intelligence and is destroying his soul.
33And he is working to bring disgrace to himself and it apprehends him, and his shame will not be forgotten.
34For because the anger of a husband is full of jealousy, he has no pity in the day of vengeance.
35He does not accept the appearance of a gift, neither does he consent when you increase bribes to him.