My son, if you have become surety for your neighbor, have given your pledge for a stranger;
if you are snared in the utterance of your lips, caught in the words of your mouth;
then do this, my son, and save yourself, for you have come into your neighbor's power: go, hasten, and importune your neighbor.
Give your eyes no sleep and your eyelids no slumber;
save yourself like a gazelle from the hunter, like a bird from the hand of the fowler.
Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version - Holy Bible)