My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger ,
Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.3Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend;go , humble thyself, and make sure thy friend.4Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.5Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.6Go to the ant, thou sluggard;consider her ways, and be wise :
Which having no guide,overseer , or ruler ,
8Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.9
How long wilt thou sleep , O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?10
Yet a littlesleep, a littleslumber, a littlefolding of the hands to sleep :
So shall thy povertycome as one that travelleth , and thy want as an armedman.12
A naughtyperson, a wickedman,walketh with a frowardmouth.13
He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;14Frowardness is in his heart, he devisethmischiefcontinually; he sowethadiscord .
Therefore shall his calamitycomesuddenly;suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.16
These six things doth the LORDhate : yea, seven are an abomination unto him:17
A proudblook, a lyingtongue, and hands that shedinnocentblood,18
An heart that devisethwickedimaginations,feet that be swift in running to mischief,19
A falsewitness that speakethlies, and he that sowethdiscord among brethren.20
My son,keep thy father'scommandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:21Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.22
When thou goest , it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest , it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest , it shall talk with thee.
For the commandment is a lamp;c and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:24
To keep thee from the evilwoman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.25Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.26
For by means of a whorishwoman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteressdwillhunt for the preciouslife.27
Can a mantakefire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned ?
Can onego upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned ?
So he that goeth in to his neighbour'swife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent .
Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry ;
But if he be found , he shall restoresevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.32
But whoso committeth adultery with a womanlackethunderstanding:e he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.33
A wound and dishonour shall he get ; and his reproach shall not be wiped away .
For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.35
He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content , though thou givest manygifts.