My son,1 if you have put up security2 for your neighbor,3 if you have struck hands in pledge4 for another,
if you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth,
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!
Allow no sleep to your eyes, no slumber to your eyelids.55
Free yourself, like a gazelle6 from the hand of the hunter,7 like a bird from the snare of the fowler.86
Go to the ant, you sluggard;9 consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander, no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer10 and gathers its food at harvest.119
How long will you lie there, you sluggard?12 When will you get up from your sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest13--
and poverty14 will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.a12
A scoundrel and villain, who goes about with a corrupt mouth,
who winks with his eye,15 signals with his feet and motions with his fingers,1614
who plots evil17 with deceit in his heart-- he always stirs up dissension.1815
Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant;19 he will suddenly20 be destroyed--without remedy.2116
There are six things the LORD hates,22 seven that are detestable to him:
haughty eyes,23 a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil,
a false witness24 who pours out lies25 and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.
My son,26 keep your father's commands and do not forsake your mother's teaching.2721
Bind them upon your heart forever; fasten them around your neck.2822
When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you.
For these commands are a lamp, this teaching is a light,29 and the corrections of discipline are the way to life,3024
keeping you from the immoral woman, from the smooth tongue of the wayward wife.3125
Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes,
for the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread, and the adulteress preys upon your very life.3227
Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned?
Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched?
So is he who sleeps33 with another man's wife;34 no one who touches her will go unpunished.
Men do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his hunger when he is starving.
Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold,35 though it costs him all the wealth of his house.
But a man who commits adultery36 lacks judgment;37 whoever does so destroys himself.
Blows and disgrace are his lot, and his shame will never38 be wiped away;
for jealousy39 arouses a husband's fury,40 and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.
He will not accept any compensation; he will refuse the bribe, however great it is.41