Proverbs 6 ESV

Practical Warnings

1 My son, if you have put up 1security for your neighbor, have 2given your pledge for a stranger,

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      2 if you are 3snared in the words of your mouth, caught in the words of your mouth,

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      3 then do this, my son, and save yourself, for you have come into the hand of your neighbor: go, hasten,a and 4plead urgently with your neighbor.

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        • u 6:3 - Or humble yourself
          4 5Give your eyes no sleep and your eyelids no slumber;

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          5 save yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,b 6like a bird from the hand of the fowler.

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            • v 6:5 - Hebrew lacks of the hunter
              6 7Go to 8the ant, O 9sluggard; consider her ways, and 10be wise.

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              7 11Without having any chief, 12officer, or ruler,

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              8 she prepares her bread 13in summer and 14gathers her food in harvest.

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                  9 15How long will you lie there, 16O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep?

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                      10 17A little sleep, a little slumber, 18a little 19folding of the hands to rest,

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                      11 20and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.

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                      12 21A worthless person, a wicked man, goes about with 22crooked speech,

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                      13 23winks with his eyes, signalsc with his feet, points with his finger,

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                        • w 6:13 - Hebrew scrapes
                          14 with 24perverted heart 25devises evil, continually 26sowing discord;

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                              15 therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly; 27in a moment he will be broken 28beyond healing.

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                              16 There are 29six things that the LORD hates, 30seven that are an abomination to him:

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                              17 31haughty eyes, 32a lying tongue, and 33hands that shed innocent blood,

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                              18 34a heart that devises wicked plans, 35feet that make haste to run to evil,

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                              19 36a false witness who 37breathes out lies, and one who 38sows discord among brothers.

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                                  Warnings Against Adultery

                                  20 39My son, keep your father's commandment, 40and forsake not your mother's teaching.

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                                      21 41Bind them on your heart always; 42tie them around your neck.

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                                      22 43When you walk, theyd will lead you; 44when you lie down, they will 45watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you.

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                                        • x 6:22 - Hebrew it; three times in this verse
                                          23 For the commandment is 46a lamp and the teaching a light, and the 47reproofs of discipline are the way of life,

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                                          24 to preserve you from the evil woman,e from the smooth tongue of 48the adulteress.f

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                                            • y 6:24 - Revocalization (compare Septuagint) yields from the wife of a neighbor
                                            • z 6:24 - Hebrew the foreign woman
                                              25 49Do not desire her beauty in your heart, and do not let her capture you with her 50eyelashes;

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                                              26 for 51the price of a prostitute is only 52a loaf of bread,g but a married womanh53hunts down a precious life.

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                                                • { 6:26 - Or (compare Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate) for a prostitute leaves a man with nothing but a loaf of bread
                                                • | 6:26 - Hebrew a man's wife
                                                  27 Can a man carry 54fire next to his 55chest and his clothes not be burned?

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                                                  28 Or can one 56walk on hot coals and his feet not be scorched?

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                                                  29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor's wife; none who touches her 57will go unpunished.

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                                                  30 People do not despise a thief if he steals to 58satisfy his appetite when he is hungry,

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                                                  31 but 59if he is caught, he will pay 60sevenfold; he will give all the goods of his house.

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                                                  32 He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself.
                                                  33 He will get wounds and dishonor, and his disgrace will not be wiped away.
                                                  34 For 61jealousy makes a man furious, and he will not spare when 62he takes revenge.

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                                                  35 He will accept no compensation; he will refuse though you multiply gifts.