My son,1 if you have put up security2 for your neighbor,3 if you have struck hands in pledge4 for another,
if you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth,
then do this, my son, to free yourself, since you have fallen into your neighbor's hands: Go and humble yourself; press your plea with your neighbor!
Allow no sleep to your eyes, no slumber to your eyelids.55
Free yourself, like a gazelle6 from the hand of the hunter,7 like a bird from the snare of the fowler.8