||English: New American Standard Bible
Proverbs 6 [Commentary] |
||My son, if you have become surety for your neighbor,
Have given a pledge for a stranger,
||If you have been snared with the words of your mouth,
Have been caught with the words of your mouth,
||Do this then, my son, and deliver yourself;
Since you have come into the hand of your neighbor,
Go, humble yourself, and importune your neighbor.
||Give no sleep to your eyes,
Nor slumber to your eyelids;
||Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hunter's hand
And like a bird from the hand of the fowler.
||Go to the ant, O sluggard,
Observe her ways and be wise,
||Which, having no chief,
Officer or ruler,
||Prepares her food in the summer
And gathers her provision in the harvest.
||How long will you lie down, O sluggard?
When will you arise from your sleep?
||"A little sleep, a little slumber,
A little folding of the hands to rest"--
||Your poverty will come in like a vagabond
And your need like an armed man.
||A worthless person, a wicked man,
Is the one who walks with a perverse mouth,
||Who winks with his eyes, who signals with his feet,
Who points with his fingers;
||Who with perversity in his heart continually devises evil,
Who spreads strife.
||Therefore his calamity will come suddenly;
Instantly he will be broken and there will be no healing.
||There are six things which the LORD hates,
Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him:
||Haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
And hands that shed innocent blood,
||A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that run rapidly to evil,
||A false witness who utters lies,
And one who spreads strife among brothers.
||My son, observe the commandment of your father
And do not forsake the teaching of your mother;
||Bind them continually on your heart;
Tie them around your neck.
||When you walk about, they will guide you;
When you sleep, they will watch over you;
And when you awake, they will talk to you.
||For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching is light;
And reproofs for discipline are the way of life
||To keep you from the evil woman,
From the smooth tongue of the adulteress.
||Do not desire her beauty in your heart,
Nor let her capture you with her eyelids.
||For on account of a harlot one is reduced to a loaf of bread,
And an adulteress hunts for the precious life.
||Can a man take fire in his bosom
And his clothes not be burned?
||Or can a man walk on hot coals
And his feet not be scorched?
||So is the one who goes in to his neighbor's wife;
Whoever touches her will not go unpunished.
||Men do not despise a thief if he steals
To satisfy himself when he is hungry;
||But when he is found, he must repay sevenfold;
He must give all the substance of his house.
||The one who commits adultery with a woman is lacking sense;
He who would destroy himself does it.
||Wounds and disgrace he will find,
And his reproach will not be blotted out.
||For jealousy enrages a man,
And he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
||He will not accept any ransom,
Nor will he be satisfied though you give many gifts.
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