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Proverbs 6:1-19 (Holman Christian Standard)

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Financial Entanglements

1 My son, if you have put up security for your neighbora or entered into an agreement withb a stranger,c d 2 you have been trapped by the words of your lipse- ensnared by the words of your mouth. 3 Do this, then, my son, and free yourself, for you have put yourself in your neighbor's power: Go, humble yourself, and plead with your neighbor. 4 Don't give sleep to your eyes or slumber to your eyelids. 5 Escape like a gazelle from a hunter,f like a bird from a fowler's trap.g h


6 Go to the ant, you slacker! Observe its ways and become wise. 7 Without leader, administrator, or ruler, 8 it prepares its provisions in summer; it gathers its food during harvest.i 9 How long will you stay in bed, you slacker? When will you get up from your sleep? 10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the arms to rest,j 11 and your poverty will come like a robber, your need, like a bandit.k

The Malicious Man

12 A worthless person,l a wicked man, who goes around speaking dishonestly,m 13 who winksn his eyes, signals with his feet, and gestures with his fingers, 14 who plots evil with perversity in his heart- he stirs up trouble constantly.o 15 Therefore calamity will strike him suddenly; he will be shattered instantly-beyond recovery.p

What the Lord Hates

16 Six things the Lord hates; in fact, seven are detestable to Him: 17 arrogant eyes,q a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,r 18 a heart that plots wicked schemes, feet eager to run to evil, 19 a lying witness who gives false testimony,s and one who stirs up trouble among brothers.t
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