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Proverbs 6 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 My son, if you have made yourself responsible for your neighbour, or given your word for another, 1 My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, if you have struck hands in pledge for another,
2 You are taken as in a net by the words of your mouth, the sayings of your lips have overcome you. 2 if you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth,
3 Do this, my son, and make yourself free, because you have come into the power of your neighbour; go without waiting, and make a strong request to your neighbour. 3 then do this, my son, to free yourself, since you have fallen into your neighbor's hands: Go and humble yourself; press your plea with your neighbor!
4 Give no sleep to your eyes, or rest to them; 4 Allow no sleep to your eyes, no slumber to your eyelids.
5 Make yourself free, like the roe from the hand of the archer, and the bird from him who puts a net for her. 5 Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler.
6 Go to the ant, you hater of work; give thought to her ways and be wise: 6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!
7 Having no chief, overseer, or ruler, 7 It has no commander, no overseer or ruler,
8 She gets her meat in the summer, storing up food at the time of the grain-cutting. 8 yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.
9 How long will you be sleeping, O hater of work? when will you get up from your sleep? 9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little rest, a little folding of the hands in sleep: 10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest--
11 Then loss will come on you like an outlaw, and your need like an armed man 11 and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.
12 A good-for-nothing man is an evil-doer; he goes on his way causing trouble with false words; 12 A scoundrel and villain, who goes about with a corrupt mouth,
13 Making signs with his eyes, rubbing with his feet, and giving news with his fingers; 13 who winks with his eye, signals with his feet and motions with his fingers,
14 His mind is ever designing evil: he lets loose violent acts. 14 who plots evil with deceit in his heart-- he always stirs up dissension.
15 For this cause his downfall will be sudden; quickly he will be broken, and there will be no help for him. 15 Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant; he will suddenly be destroyed--without remedy.
16 Six things are hated by the Lord; seven things are disgusting to him: 16 There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him:
17 Eyes of pride, a false tongue, hands which take life without cause; 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,
18 A heart full of evil designs, feet which are quick in running after sin; 18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19 A false witness, breathing out untrue words, and one who lets loose violent acts among brothers. 19 a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.
20 My son, keep the rule of your father, and have in memory the teaching of your mother: 20 My son, keep your father's commands and do not forsake your mother's teaching.
21 Keep them ever folded in your heart, and have them hanging round your neck. 21 Bind them upon your heart forever; fasten them around your neck.
22 In your walking, it will be your guide; when you are sleeping, it will keep watch over you; when you are awake, it will have talk with you. 22 When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you.
23 For the rule is a light, and the teaching a shining light; and the guiding words of training are the way of life. 23 For these commands are a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the corrections of discipline are the way to life,
24 They will keep you from the evil woman, from the smooth tongue of the strange woman. 24 keeping you from the immoral woman, from the smooth tongue of the wayward wife.
25 Let not your heart's desire go after her fair body; let not her eyes take you prisoner. 25 Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes,
26 For a loose woman is looking for a cake of bread, but another man's wife goes after one's very life. 26 for the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread, and the adulteress preys upon your very life.
27 May a man take fire to his breast without burning his clothing? 27 Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned?
28 Or may one go on lighted coals, and his feet not be burned? 28 Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched?
29 So it is with him who goes in to his neighbour's wife; he who has anything to do with her will not go free from punishment. 29 So is he who sleeps with another man's wife; no one who touches her will go unpunished.
30 Men do not have a low opinion of a thief who takes food when he is in need of it: 30 Men do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his hunger when he is starving.
31 But if he is taken in the act he will have to give back seven times as much, giving up all his property which is in his house. 31 Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold, though it costs him all the wealth of his house.
32 He who takes another man's wife is without all sense: he who does it is the cause of destruction to his soul. 32 But a man who commits adultery lacks judgment; whoever does so destroys himself.
33 Wounds will be his and loss of honour, and his shame may not be washed away. 33 Blows and disgrace are his lot, and his shame will never be wiped away;
34 For bitter is the wrath of an angry husband; in the day of punishment he will have no mercy. 34 for jealousy arouses a husband's fury, and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.
35 He will not take any payment; and he will not make peace with you though your money offerings are increased. 35 He will not accept any compensation; he will refuse the bribe, however great it is.