My son, if thou hast become surety for thy friend, a if thou hast stricken thy hand for a stranger,
thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, since thou hast come into the hand of thy friend: go, humble thyself, b and be urgent with c thy friend.
Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids:
deliver thyself as a gazelle from the hand [of the hunter], and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways and be wise:
which having no chief, overseer, or ruler,
provideth her bread in the summer, [and] gathereth her food in the harvest.
How long, sluggard, wilt thou lie down? When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest!
So shall thy poverty come as a roving plunderer, d and thy penury as an armed man.
A man of Belial, a wicked person, is he that goeth about with a perverse e mouth;
he winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;
deceits are in his heart; he deviseth mischief at all times, he soweth f discords.
Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly: in a moment shall he be broken, and without remedy.
These six [things] doth Jehovah hate, yea, seven are an abomination unto him: g17
haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood;
a heart that deviseth wicked imaginations; feet that are swift in running to mischief;
a false witness that uttereth h lies, and he that soweth discords among brethren.