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Proverbs 6:1-19 (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.
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