Bible: Proverbs 6

Admonitions and Warnings against Dangerous and Destructive Acts 1 

6:1 My child, 2  if you have made a pledge 3  for your neighbor,

and 4  have become a guarantor 5  for a stranger, 6 

6:2 if 7  you have been ensnared 8  by the words you have uttered, 9 

and have been caught by the words you have spoken,

6:3 then, my child, do this in order to deliver yourself, 10 

because you have fallen into your neighbor’s power: 11 

go, humble yourself, 12 

and appeal firmly 13  to your neighbor.

6:4 Permit no sleep to your eyes 14 

or slumber to your eyelids.

6:5 Deliver yourself like a gazelle from a snare, 15 

and like a bird from the trap 16  of the fowler.

6:6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; 17 

observe its ways and be wise!

6:7 It has no commander,

overseer, or 18  ruler,

6:8 yet it prepares its food in the summer;

it gathers at the harvest what it will eat. 19 

6:9 How long, you sluggard, will you lie there?

When will you rise from your sleep? 20 

6:10 A little sleep, a little slumber,

a little folding of the hands to relax, 21 

6:11 and your poverty will come like a robber, 22 

and your need like an armed man. 23 

6:12 A worthless and wicked person 24 

walks around saying perverse 25  things; 26 

6:13 he winks with his eyes,

signals with his feet,

and points with his fingers; 27 

6:14 he plots evil with perverse thoughts 28  in his heart,

he spreads contention 29  at all times.

6:15 Therefore, his disaster will come suddenly;

in an instant 30  he will be broken, and there will be no remedy.

6:16 There are six things that the Lord hates,

even 31  seven 32  things that are an abomination to him: 33 

6:17 haughty eyes, 34  a lying tongue, 35 

and hands that shed innocent blood, 36 

6:18 a heart that devises wicked plans, 37 

feet that are swift to run 38  to evil,

6:19 a false witness who pours out lies, 39 

and a person who spreads discord 40  among family members. 41 

6:20 My child, guard the commands of your father

and do not forsake the instruction of your mother.

6:21 Bind them 42  on your heart continually;

fasten them around your neck.

6:22 When you walk about, 43  they 44  will guide you;

when you lie down, they will watch over you;

when you wake up, 45  they will talk 46  to you.

6:23 For the commandments 47  are like 48  a lamp, 49 

instruction is like a light,

and rebukes of discipline are like 50  the road leading to life, 51 

6:24 by keeping 52  you from the evil woman, 53 

from the smooth tongue of 54  the loose woman. 55 

6:25 Do not lust 56  in your heart for her beauty,

and do not let her captivate you with her alluring eyes; 57 

6:26 for on account 58  of a prostitute one is brought down to a loaf of bread,

but the wife of another man 59  preys on your precious life. 60 

6:27 Can a man hold 61  fire 62  against his chest 63 

without 64  burning his clothes?

6:28 Can 65  a man walk on hot coals

without scorching his feet?

6:29 So it is with 66  the one who has sex with 67  his neighbor’s wife;

no one 68  who touches 69  her will escape 70  punishment. 71 

6:30 People 72  do not despise a thief when he steals

to fulfill his need 73  when he is hungry.

6:31 Yet 74  if he is caught 75  he must repay 76  seven times over,

he might even have to give 77  all the wealth of his house.

6:32 A man who commits adultery with a woman lacks wisdom, 78 

whoever does it destroys his own life. 79 

6:33 He will be beaten and despised, 80 

and his reproach will not be wiped away; 81 

6:34 for jealousy kindles 82  a husband’s 83  rage,

and he will not show mercy 84  when he takes revenge.

6:35 He will not consider 85  any compensation; 86 

he will not be willing, even if you multiply the compensation. 87 

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