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--