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Proverbs 6 NKJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 My son, if you become surety for your friend, If you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger, 1 My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, if you have struck hands in pledge for another,
2 You are snared by the words of your mouth; You are taken by the words of your mouth. 2 if you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth,
3 So do this, my son, and deliver yourself; For you have come into the hand of your friend: Go and humble yourself; Plead with your friend. 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, Nor slumber to your eyelids. 4 Allow no sleep to your eyes, no slumber to your eyelids.
5 Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, And like a bird from the hand of the fowler. 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 sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, 6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!
7 Which, having no captain, Overseer or ruler, 7 It has no commander, no overseer or ruler,
8 Provides her supplies in the summer, And gathers her food in the harvest. 8 yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.
9 How long will you slumber, O sluggard? When will you rise 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 slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep-- 10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest--
11 So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler, 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 worthless person, a wicked man, Walks with a perverse mouth; 12 A scoundrel and villain, who goes about with a corrupt mouth,
13 He winks with his eyes, He shuffles his feet, He points with his fingers; 13 who winks with his eye, signals with his feet and motions with his fingers,
14 Perversity is in his heart, He devises evil continually, He sows discord. 14 who plots evil with deceit in his heart-- he always stirs up dissension.
15 Therefore his calamity shall come suddenly; Suddenly he shall be broken without remedy. 15 Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant; he will suddenly be destroyed--without remedy.
16 These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: 16 There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him:
17 A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,
18 A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, 18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19 A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren. 19 a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.
20 My son, keep your father's command, And do not forsake the law of your mother. 20 My son, keep your father's commands and do not forsake your mother's teaching.
21 Bind them continually upon your heart; Tie them around your neck. 21 Bind them upon your heart forever; fasten them around your neck.
22 When you roam, they will lead you; When you sleep, they will keep you; And when you awake, they will speak 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 commandment is a lamp, And the law a light; Reproofs of instruction 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 To keep you from the evil woman, From the flattering tongue of a seductress. 24 keeping you from the immoral woman, from the smooth tongue of the wayward wife.
25 Do not lust after her beauty in your heart, Nor let her allure you with her eyelids. 25 Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes,
26 For by means of a harlot A man is reduced to a crust of bread; And an adulteress will prey upon his precious life. 26 for the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread, and the adulteress preys upon your very life.
27 Can a man take fire to his bosom, And his clothes not be burned? 27 Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned?
28 Can one walk on hot coals, And his feet not be seared? 28 Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched?
29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor's wife; Whoever touches her shall not be innocent. 29 So is he who sleeps with another man's wife; no one who touches her will go unpunished.
30 People do not despise a thief If he steals to satisfy himself when he is starving. 30 Men do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his hunger when he is starving.
31 Yet when he is found, he must restore sevenfold; He may have to give up all the substance of his house. 31 Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold, though it costs him all the wealth of his house.
32 Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding; He who does so destroys his own soul. 32 But a man who commits adultery lacks judgment; whoever does so destroys himself.
33 Wounds and dishonor he will get, And his reproach will not be wiped away. 33 Blows and disgrace are his lot, and his shame will never be wiped away;
34 For jealousy is a husband's fury; Therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. 34 for jealousy arouses a husband's fury, and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.
35 He will accept no recompense, Nor will he be appeased though you give many gifts. 35 He will not accept any compensation; he will refuse the bribe, however great it is.