Parental Counsel

1 My son, if you have become 1surety for your neighbor, Have given a pledge for a stranger,
2 If you have been snared with the words of your mouth, Have been caught with the words of your mouth,
3 Do this then, my son, and deliver yourself; Since you have come into the hand of your neighbor, Go, humble yourself, and importune your neighbor.
4 Give no 2sleep to your eyes, Nor slumber to your eyelids;
5 Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hunter's hand And like a 3bird from the hand of the fowler.
6 Go to the 4ant, O 5sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise,
8 Prepares her food 7in the summer And gathers her provision in the harvest.
9 How long will you lie down, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep?
10 "8A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest "-
11 9Your poverty will come in like a vagabond And your need like an armed man.
12 A 10worthless person, a wicked man, Is the one who walks with a 11perverse mouth,
13 Who 12winks with his eyes, who signals with his feet, Who points with his fingers;
15 Therefore * 16his calamity will come suddenly; 17Instantly he will be broken and there will be 18no healing.
16 There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: