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Proverbs 6:1-11 (New International Version)

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Warnings Against Folly

1 My son,1 if you have put up security2 for your neighbor,3 if you have struck hands in pledge4 for another, 2 if you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth, 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 Allow no sleep to your eyes, no slumber to your eyelids.5 5 Free yourself, like a gazelle6 from the hand of the hunter,7 like a bird from the snare of the fowler.8 6 Go to the ant, you sluggard;9 consider its ways and be wise! 7 It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, 8 yet it stores its provisions in summer10 and gathers its food at harvest.11 9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard?12 When will you get up from your sleep? 10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest13-- 11 and poverty14 will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.a
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