Proverbs 6
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1My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger,1My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, have given your pledge for a stranger,
2you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth.2if you are snared in the words of your mouth, caught in the words of your mouth,
3So do this, my son, to free yourself, since you have fallen into your neighbor's hands: Go--to the point of exhaustion-- and give your neighbor no rest!3then do this, my son, and save yourself, for you have come into the hand of your neighbor: go, hasten, and plead urgently with your neighbor.
4Allow no sleep to your eyes, no slumber to your eyelids.4Give your eyes no sleep and your eyelids no slumber;
5Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler.5save yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the hand of the fowler.
6Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!6Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.
7It has no commander, no overseer or ruler,7Without having any chief, officer, or ruler,
8yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.8she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.
9How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep?9How long will you lie there, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep?
10A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest--10A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest,
11and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.11and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.
12A troublemaker and a villain, who goes about with a corrupt mouth,12A worthless person, a wicked man, goes about with crooked speech,
13who winks maliciously with his eye, signals with his feet and motions with his fingers,13winks with his eyes, signals with his feet, points with his finger,
14who plots evil with deceit in his heart-- he always stirs up conflict.14with perverted heart devises evil, continually sowing discord;
15Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant; he will suddenly be destroyed--without remedy.15therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly; in a moment he will be broken beyond healing.
16There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him:16There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to him:
17haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,17haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
18a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil,18a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil,
19a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.19a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.
20My son, keep your father's command and do not forsake your mother's teaching.20My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching.
21Bind them always on your heart; fasten them around your neck.21Bind them on your heart always; tie them around your neck.
22When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you.22When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you.
23For this command is a lamp, this teaching is a light, and correction and instruction are the way to life,23For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life,
24keeping you from your neighbor's wife, from the smooth talk of a wayward woman.24to preserve you from the evil woman, from the smooth tongue of the adulteress.
25Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes.25Do not desire her beauty in your heart, and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes;
26For a prostitute can be had for a loaf of bread, but another man's wife preys on your very life.26for the price of a prostitute is only a loaf of bread, but a married woman hunts down a precious life.
27Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned?27Can a man carry fire next to his chest and his clothes not be burned?
28Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched?28Or can one walk on hot coals and his feet not be scorched?
29So is he who sleeps with another man's wife; no one who touches her will go unpunished.29So is he who goes in to his neighbor’s wife; none who touches her will go unpunished.
30People do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his hunger when he is starving.30People do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his appetite when he is hungry,
31Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold, though it costs him all the wealth of his house.31but if he is caught, he will pay sevenfold; he will give all the goods of his house.
32But a man who commits adultery has no sense; whoever does so destroys himself.32He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself.
33Blows and disgrace are his lot, and his shame will never be wiped away.33He will get wounds and dishonor, and his disgrace will not be wiped away.
34For jealousy arouses a husband's fury, and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.34For jealousy makes a man furious, and he will not spare when he takes revenge.
35He will not accept any compensation; he will refuse a bribe, however great it is.35He will accept no compensation; he will refuse though you multiply gifts.
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