My son, if you have put up security for your neighbora or entered into an agreement withb a stranger,cd2
you have been trapped by the words of your lipse- ensnared by the words of your mouth.
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.
Don't give sleep to your eyes or slumber to your eyelids.
Escape like a gazelle from a hunter,f like a bird from a fowler's trap.gh
Go to the ant, you slacker! Observe its ways and become wise.
Without leader, administrator, or ruler,
it prepares its provisions in summer; it gathers its food during harvest.i9
How long will you stay in bed, you slacker? When will you get up from your sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the arms to rest,j11
and your poverty will come like a robber, your need, like a bandit.k
A worthless person,l a wicked man, who goes around speaking dishonestly,m13
who winksn his eyes, signals with his feet, and gestures with his fingers,
who plots evil with perversity in his heart- he stirs up trouble constantly.o15
Therefore calamity will strike him suddenly; he will be shattered instantly-beyond recovery.p
Six things the Lord hates; in fact, seven are detestable to Him:
arrogant eyes,q a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,r18
a heart that plots wicked schemes, feet eager to run to evil,
a lying witness who gives false testimony,s and one who stirs up trouble among brothers.t