Proverbs 6 (English Standard Version)

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Practical Warnings

1 My son, if you have put up 1security for your neighbor, have 2given your pledge for a stranger, 2 if you are 3snared in the words of your mouth, caught in the words of your mouth, 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. 4 5Give your eyes no sleep and your eyelids no slumber; 5 save yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter,b 6like a bird from the hand of the fowler. 6 7Go to 8the ant, O 9sluggard; consider her ways, and 10be wise. 7 11Without having any chief, 12officer, or ruler, 8 she prepares her bread 13in summer and 14gathers her food in harvest. 9 15How long will you lie there, 16O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep? 10 17A little sleep, a little slumber, 18a little 19folding of the hands to rest, 11 20and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man. 12 21A worthless person, a wicked man, goes about with 22crooked speech, 13 23winks with his eyes, signalsc with his feet, points with his finger, 14 with 24perverted heart 25devises evil, continually 26sowing discord; 15 therefore calamity will come upon him suddenly; 27in a moment he will be broken 28beyond healing. 16 There are 29six things that the LORD hates, 30seven that are an abomination to him: 17 31haughty eyes, 32a lying tongue, and 33hands that shed innocent blood, 18 34a heart that devises wicked plans, 35feet that make haste to run to evil, 19 36a false witness who 37breathes out lies, and one who 38sows discord among brothers.

Warnings Against Adultery

20 39My son, keep your father's commandment, 40and forsake not your mother's teaching. 21 41Bind them on your heart always; 42tie them around your neck. 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. 23 For the commandment is 46a lamp and the teaching a light, and the 47reproofs of discipline are the way of life, 24 to preserve you from the evil woman,e from the smooth tongue of 48the adulteress.f 25 49Do not desire her beauty in your heart, and do not let her capture you with her 50eyelashes; 26 for 51the price of a prostitute is only 52a loaf of bread,g but a married womanh53hunts down a precious life. 27 Can a man carry 54fire next to his 55chest and his clothes not be burned? 28 Or can one 56walk on hot coals and his feet not be scorched? 29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor's wife; none who touches her 57will go unpunished. 30 People do not despise a thief if he steals to 58satisfy his appetite when he is hungry, 31 but 59if he is caught, he will pay 60sevenfold; he will give all the goods of his house. 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. 35 He will accept no compensation; he will refuse though you multiply gifts.
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