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Proverbs 6:1-19 (GOD'S WORD Translation)

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1 My son, if you guarantee a loan for your neighbor or pledge yourself for a stranger with a handshake, 2 you are trapped by the words of your own mouth, caught by your own promise. 3 Do the following things, my son, so that you may free yourself, because you have fallen into your neighbor's hands: Humble yourself, and pester your neighbor. 4 Don't let your eyes rest or your eyelids close. 5 Free yourself like a gazelle from the hand of a hunter and like a bird from the hand of a hunter. 6 Consider the ant, you lazy bum. Watch its ways, and become wise. 7 Although it has no overseer, officer, or ruler, 8 in summertime it stores its food supply. At harvest time it gathers its food. 9 How long will you lie there, you lazy bum? When will you get up from your sleep? 10 "Just a little sleep, just a little slumber, just a little nap." 11 Then your poverty will come [to you] like a drifter, and your need will come [to you] like a bandit. 12 A good-for-nothing scoundrel is a person who has a dishonest mouth. 13 He winks his eye, makes a signal with his foot, [and] points with his fingers. 14 He devises evil all the time with a twisted mind. He spreads conflict. 15 That is why disaster will come on him suddenly. In a moment he will be crushed beyond recovery. 16 There are six things that the LORD hates, even seven that are disgusting to him: 17 arrogant eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill innocent people, 18 a mind devising wicked plans, feet that are quick to do wrong, 19 a dishonest witness spitting out lies, and a person who spreads conflict among relatives.
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