My child, a if you co-sign a loan for a friend or guarantee the debt of someone you hardly know --
if you have trapped yourself by your agreement and are caught by what you said --
quick, get out of it if you possibly can! You have placed yourself at your friend's mercy. Now swallow your pride; go and beg to have your name erased.
Don't put it off. Do it now! Don't rest until you do.
Save yourself like a deer escaping from a hunter, like a bird fleeing from a net.
Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and be wise!
Even though they have no prince, governor, or ruler to make them work,
they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter.
But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up? I want you to learn this lesson:
A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest --
and poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.
Here is a description of worthless and wicked people: They are constant liars,
signaling their true intentions to their friends by making signs with their eyes and feet and fingers.
Their perverted hearts plot evil. They stir up trouble constantly.
But they will be destroyed suddenly, broken beyond all hope of healing.
There are six things the LORD hates -- no, seven things he detests:
haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent,
a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong,
a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord among brothers.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)