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.15
Free yourself, like a gazelle2 from the hand of the hunter,3 like a bird from the snare of the fowler.46
Go to the ant, you sluggard;5 consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander, no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer6 and gathers its food at harvest.79
How long will you lie there, you sluggard?8 When will you get up from your sleep?
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest9--
and poverty10 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,