My son, if you have become1surety for your neighbor, Have agiven a pledge for a stranger,
If you have been snared with the words of your mouth, Have been caught with the words of your mouth,
3Dothisthen, my son, and deliveryourself; Since you have come into the bhand of your neighbor, Go, humble yourself, and importune your neighbor.
4Give no 2sleep to your eyes, Norslumber to your eyelids;
5Deliveryourself like a gazelle from the hunter's hand And like a 3bird from the hand of the fowler.
6Go to the 4ant, O 5sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise,
7Which, having6nochief, Officer or ruler,
8Prepares her food7in the summer And gathers her provision in the harvest.
9Howlong will you liedown, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep?
"8A littlesleep, a littleslumber, A littlefolding of the hands to crest "-
119Your poverty will come in like a dvagabond And your need like ean armedman.
A 10worthlessperson, a wickedman, Is the one who walks with a 11perversemouth,
Who 12winks with his eyes, who fsignals with his feet, Who gpoints with his fingers;
Who with 13perversity in his heartcontinually14devisesevil, Who h15spreadsstrife.
15Therefore16his calamity will comesuddenly; 17Instantly he will be broken and there will be 18nohealing.
16There are sixthings which the LORDhates, Yes, seven which are an abominationito Him:
1719Haughtyeyes, a 20lyingtongue, And hands that 21shedinnocentblood,
A heart that devises22wickedplans, 23Feet that runrapidly to evil,
A 24falsewitness who utterslies, And one who j25spreadsstrifeamongbrothers.