Proverbs 6:1-19 NIV

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,

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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

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5 Free yourself, like a gazelle6 from the hand of the hunter,7 like a bird from the snare of the fowler.8

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6 Go to the ant, you sluggard;9 consider its ways and be wise!

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      7 It has no commander, no overseer or ruler,
      8 yet it stores its provisions in summer10 and gathers its food at harvest.11

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      9 How long will you lie there, you sluggard?12 When will you get up from your sleep?

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      10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest13--

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      11 and poverty14 will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.a

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        • a 6:11 - Or "like a vagrant / and scarcity like a beggar"
          12 A scoundrel and villain, who goes about with a corrupt mouth,
          13 who winks with his eye,15 signals with his feet and motions with his fingers,16

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          14 who plots evil17 with deceit in his heart-- he always stirs up dissension.18

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              15 Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant;19 he will suddenly20 be destroyed--without remedy.21

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              16 There are six things the LORD hates,22 seven that are detestable to him:

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              17 haughty eyes,23 a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,

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              18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil,
              19 a false witness24 who pours out lies25 and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.

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