Proverbs 6 (TRV)

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  • 1 My son, if you become surety for your friend, if you have shaken hands with a stranger,
  • 2 You are snared by the words of your mouth; you are taken by the words of your mouth.
  • 3 So do this, my son, and deliver yourself; when you have come into the hand of your friend: Go and humble yourself; plead with your friend.
  • 4 Give no sleep to your eyes, nor slumber to your eyelids.
  • 5 Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, and like a bird from the hand of the fowler.
  • 6 Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise,
  • 7 Which, having no guide, overseer or ruler,
  • 8 Provides her supplies in the summer, and gathers her food in the harvest.
  • 9 How long will you slumber, O sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep?
  • 10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep,
  • 11 So your poverty will come upon you like a vagabond, and your need like an armed man.
  • 12 A worthless person, a wicked man, walks with a perverse mouth;
  • 13 He winks with his eyes, he shuffles his feet, he teaches with his fingers;
  • 14 Perversity is in his heart, he devises evil continually, he sows discord.
  • 15 Therefore his calamity will come suddenly; suddenly he will be broken without remedy.
  • 16 These six things the LORD hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
  • 17 A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,
  • 18 A heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil,
  • 19 a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.
  • 20 My son, keep your father’s command, and do not forsake the law of your mother.
  • 21 Bind them continually upon your heart; and tie them around your neck.
  • 22 When you go, they will lead you; when you sleep, they will keep you; and when you awake, it will speak with you.
  • 23 Because, the commandment is a lamp, and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life,
  • 24 To keep you from the evil woman, from the flattering tongue of a seductress.
  • 25 Do not lust after her beauty in your heart, nor let her allure you with her eyelids.
  • 26 Because, by means of a harlot a man is' reduced to a piece of bread; and an adulteress will hunt for precious life.
  • 27 Can a man take fire to his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
  • 28 Can one walk upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?
  • 29 So he who goes in to his neighbor’s wife; whoever touches her shall not be innocent.
  • 30 People do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his soul when he is hungry.
  • 31 But if he is found, he must restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.
  • 32 But whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding; he who does so destroys his own soul.
  • 33 He will get a wound and dishonor, and his reproach will not be wiped away.
  • 34 Because, jealousy is the rage of a man; therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
  • 35 He will accept no recompense, nor will he be appeased though you give many gifts.
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