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Proverbs 6

Against Pledges

1 My child, if you have pledged to your neighbor, [if] you have bound {yourself} to the stranger,
2 [if] you are snared by the sayings of your mouth, [if] you are caught by the sayings of your mouth,
3 do this, then, my child, and save yourself, for you have come into {the palm of your neighbor's hand}: Go, humble yourself, plead with your neighbor.
4 Do not give sleep to your eyes, or slumber to your eyelids.
5 Save yourself like a gazelle from a hand, or like a bird from the hand of a fowler.

Against Sloth

6 Go to the ant, lazy! Consider its ways and be wise.
7 It has no chief, officer, or ruler.
8 In the summer, it prepares its food; in the harvest, it gathers its sustenance.
9 How long will you lie down, lazy? When will you rise up from your sleep?
10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands for rest--
11 like a {robber} shall your poverty come, and what you lack like an armed man.

Against Worthlessness

12 A worthless man, an evil man, goes around with {deceitful speech}.
13 Winking in his eye, shuffling in his foot, pointing in his fingers,
14 perversion in his heart, he devises evil; at all times he will send out discord.
15 Upon {such a man}, suddenly shall his calamity come; in a moment he will be damaged and there is no healing.

What Yahweh Hates

16 There are six [things] Yahweh hates, and seven [things are] abominations of his soul:
17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a devising heart, plans of deception, feet that hurry to run to evil,
19 a false witness who breathes lies and sends out discord between brothers.

Commandment and Instruction as Guardians

20 My child, keep [the] commandment of your father, and do not disregard [the] instruction of your mother.
21 Bind them on your heart continually; tie them upon your neck.
22 {When you walk}, she will lead you, {When you lie down}, she will watch over you, and [when] you awake, she will converse [with] you.
23 For [like] a lamp [is] a commandment, and instruction [is] light, and the way of life [is the] reproof of discipline,
24 [in order] to preserve you from an evil woman, from the smoothness of [the] tongue of {an adulteress}.
25 Do not desire her beauty in your heart; may she not capture you with her eyelashes.
26 For [the] price of a woman, a prostitute, [is the] price of a loaf of bread, but the {woman belonging to a man} hunts precious life.

Warning Against Relations with a Married Woman

27 Can a man carry fire in his lap, and his clothes not burn?
28 If a man walks upon the hot coals, will his feet not be burned?
29 Thus, he who goes to the wife of his neighbor, any who touches her shall not go unpunished.
30 [People] do not despise a thief when he steals to fill himself when he is hungry.
31 But [if] he is found, he will pay sevenfold, every possession of his house he shall give.
32 He who commits adultery [with] a woman lacks {sense}, he destroys himself who does it.
33 A wound and dishonor he will find, and his disgrace will not be wiped out.
34 For jealousy [is the] fury of a husband, and he will not show restraint on the day of revenge.
35 He will not accept {any compensation}, and he will not be willing, though the bribe is large.
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