Proverbs 6:1-19 (Common English Bible w/ Apocrypha)

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Wise advice

1 My son, if you guarantee a loan for your neighbor or shake hands in agreement with a stranger, 2 you will be trapped by your words; you will be caught by your words. 3 Do this, my son, to get out of it, for you have come under the control of your neighbor. So go, humble yourself,a and pester your neighbor. 4 Don't give sleep to your eyes or slumber to your eyelids. 5 Get yourself free like a gazelle from a hunter, like a bird from the hand of a fowler. 6 Go to the ant, you lazy person; observe its ways and grow wise. 7 The ant has no commander, officer, or ruler. 8 Even so, it gets its food in summer; gathers its provisions at harvest. 9 How long, lazy person, will you lie down? When will you rise from your sleep? 10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the arms to lie down— 11 and poverty will come on you like a prowler, destitution like a warrior. 12 Worthless people and guilty people go around with crooked talk. 13 They wink their eyes, gesture with their feet, and point with their fingers. 14 Their hearts are corrupt and determined to do evil; they create controversies all the time. 15 Therefore, sudden disaster will come upon them; they will be quickly broken beyond healing. 16 There are six things that the LORD hates, seven things detestable to him: 17 snobbish eyes, a lying tongue, hands that spill innocent blood, 18 a heart set on wicked plans, feet that run quickly to evil, 19 a false witness who breathes lies, and one who causes conflicts among relatives.
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