Proverbs 6 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Dear friend, if you've gone into hock with your neighbor or locked yourself into a deal with a stranger, 1 My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, if you have struck hands in pledge for another,
2 If you've impulsively promised the shirt off your back and now find yourself shivering out in the cold, 2 if you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth,
3 Friend, don't waste a minute, get yourself out of that mess. You're in that man's clutches! Go, put on a long face; act desperate. 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 Don't procrastinate - there's no time to lose. 4 Allow no sleep to your eyes, no slumber to your eyelids.
5 Run like a deer from the hunter, fly like a bird from the trapper! A Lesson from the Ant 5 Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler.
6 You lazy fool, look at an ant. Watch it closely; let it teach you a thing or two. 6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!
7 Nobody has to tell it what to do. 7 It has no commander, no overseer or ruler,
8 All summer it stores up food; at harvest it stockpiles provisions. 8 yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.
9 So how long are you going to laze around doing nothing? How long before you get out of bed? 9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep?
10 A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there, sit back, take it easy - do you know what comes next? 10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest--
11 Just this: You can look forward to a dirt-poor life, poverty your permanent houseguest! Always Cooking Up Something Nasty 11 and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.
12 Riffraff and rascals talk out of both sides of their mouths. 12 A scoundrel and villain, who goes about with a corrupt mouth,
13 They wink at each other, they shuffle their feet, they cross their fingers behind their backs. 13 who winks with his eye, signals with his feet and motions with his fingers,
14 Their perverse minds are always cooking up something nasty, always stirring up trouble. 14 who plots evil with deceit in his heart-- he always stirs up dissension.
15 Catastrophe is just around the corner for them, a total smash-up, their lives ruined beyond repair. Seven Things God Hates 15 Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant; he will suddenly be destroyed--without remedy.
16 Here are six things God hates, and one more that he loathes with a passion: 16 There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him:
17 eyes that are arrogant, a tongue that lies, hands that murder the innocent, 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that hatches evil plots, feet that race down a wicked track, 18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19 a mouth that lies under oath, a troublemaker in the family. Warning on Adultery 19 a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.
20 Good friend, follow your father's good advice; don't wander off from your mother's teachings. 20 My son, keep your father's commands and do not forsake your mother's teaching.
21 Wrap yourself in them from head to foot; wear them like a scarf around your neck. 21 Bind them upon your heart forever; fasten them around your neck.
22 Wherever you walk, they'll guide you; whenever you rest, they'll guard you; when you wake up, they'll tell you what's next. 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 sound advice is a beacon, good teaching is a light, moral discipline is a life path. 23 For these commands are a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the corrections of discipline are the way to life,
24 They'll protect you from wanton women, from the seductive talk of some temptress. 24 keeping you from the immoral woman, from the smooth tongue of the wayward wife.
25 Don't lustfully fantasize on her beauty, nor be taken in by her bedroom eyes. 25 Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes,
26 You can buy an hour with a whore for a loaf of bread, but a wanton woman may well eat you alive. 26 for the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread, and the adulteress preys upon your very life.
27 Can you build a fire in your lap and not burn your pants? 27 Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned?
28 Can you walk barefoot on hot coals and not get blisters? 28 Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched?
29 It's the same when you have sex with your neighbor's wife: Touch her and you'll pay for it. No excuses. 29 So is he who sleeps with another man's wife; no one who touches her will go unpunished.
30 Hunger is no excuse for a thief to steal; 30 Men do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his hunger when he is starving.
31 When he's caught he has to pay it back, even if he has to put his whole house in hock. 31 Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold, though it costs him all the wealth of his house.
32 Adultery is a brainless act, soul-destroying, self-destructive; 32 But a man who commits adultery lacks judgment; whoever does so destroys himself.
33 Expect a bloody nose, a black eye, and a reputation ruined for good. 33 Blows and disgrace are his lot, and his shame will never be wiped away;
34 For jealousy detonates rage in a cheated husband; wild for revenge, he won't make allowances. 34 for jealousy arouses a husband's fury, and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.
35 Nothing you say or pay will make it all right; neither bribes nor reason will satisfy him. 35 He will not accept any compensation; he will refuse the bribe, however great it is.