1 My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger ,
2 Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.
3 Do 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.
4 Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.
5 Deliver thyself as a roe from the hand of the hunter, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.
6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise :
7 Which having no guide, overseer , or ruler ,
8 Provideth 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 little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep :
11 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth , and thy want as an armed man.
13 He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;
15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.
16 These six things doth the LORD hate : yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
20 My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
21 Bind 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.
23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
24 To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.
25 Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.
26 For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life.
27 Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned ?
28 Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned ?
29 So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife; whosoever toucheth her shall not be innocent .
30 Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry ;
31 But if he be found , he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.
32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.
33 A wound and dishonour shall he get ; and his reproach shall not be wiped away .
34 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 many gifts.