A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—
then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.
What are worthless and wicked people like? They are constant liars,
signaling their deceit with a wink of the eye, a nudge of the foot, or the wiggle of fingers.
Their perverted hearts plot evil, and they constantly stir up trouble.
But they will be destroyed suddenly, broken in an instant beyond all hope of healing.
There are six things the LORD hates— no, seven things he detests:
haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent,
a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong,
a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family.
My son, obey your father’s commands, and don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.
Keep their words always in your heart. Tie them around your neck.
When you walk, their counsel will lead you. When you sleep, they will protect you. When you wake up, they will advise you.
For their command is a lamp and their instruction a light; their corrective discipline is the way to life.
It will keep you from the immoral woman, from the smooth tongue of a promiscuous woman.
Don’t lust for her beauty. Don’t let her coy glances seduce you.
For a prostitute will bring you to poverty, but sleeping with another man’s wife will cost you your life.
Can a man scoop a flame into his lap and not have his clothes catch on fire?
Can he walk on hot coals and not blister his feet?
So it is with the man who sleeps with another man’s wife. He who embraces her will not go unpunished.
Excuses might be found for a thief who steals because he is starving.