Financial Entanglements

1 My son, if you have put up security for your neighbora or entered into an agreement withb a stranger,c d
2 you have been trapped by the words of your lipse- ensnared by the words of your mouth.
3 Do this, then, my son, and free yourself, for you have put yourself in your neighbor's power: Go, humble yourself, and plead with your neighbor.
4 Don't give sleep to your eyes or slumber to your eyelids.
5 Escape like a gazelle from a hunter,f like a bird from a fowler's trap.g h


6 Go to the ant, you slacker! Observe its ways and become wise.
7 Without leader, administrator, or ruler,
8 it prepares its provisions in summer; it gathers its food during harvest.i
9 How long will you stay in bed, you slacker? When will you get up from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the arms to rest,j
11 and your poverty will come like a robber, your need, like a bandit.k

The Malicious Man

12 A worthless person,l a wicked man, who goes around speaking dishonestly,m
13 who winksn his eyes, signals with his feet, and gestures with his fingers,
14 who plots evil with perversity in his heart- he stirs up trouble constantly.o
15 Therefore calamity will strike him suddenly; he will be shattered instantly-beyond recovery.p

What the Lord Hates

16 Six things the Lord hates; in fact, seven are detestable to Him:
17 arrogant eyes,q a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,r
18 a heart that plots wicked schemes, feet eager to run to evil,
19 a lying witness who gives false testimony,s and one who stirs up trouble among brothers.t