6:1 My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, thou hast engaged fast thy hand to a stranger.
6:2 Thou art ensnared with the words of thy mouth, and caught with thy own words.
6:3 Do therefore, my son, what I say, and deliver thyself: because thou art fallen into the hand of thy neighbour. Run about, make haste, stir up thy friend:
6:4 Give not sleep to thy eyes, neither let thy eyelids slumber.
6:5 Deliver thyself as a doe from the hand, and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.
6:6 Go to the ant, O sluggard, and consider her ways, and learn wisdom:
6:7 Which, although she hath no guide, nor master, nor captain,
6:8 Provideth her meat for herself in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.
6:9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou rise out of thy sleep?
6:10 Thou wilt sleep a little, thou wilt slumber a little, thou wilt fold thy hands a little to sleep:
6:11 And want shall come upon thee, as a traveller, and poverty as a man armed. But if thou be diligent, thy harvest shall come as a fountain, and want shall flee far from thee.
6:12 A man that is an apostate, an unprofitable man, walketh with a perverse mouth,
6:13 He winketh with the eyes, presseth with the foot, speaketh with the finger.
6:14 With a wicked heart he deviseth evil, and at all times he soweth discord.
6:15 To such a one his destruction shall presently come, and he shall suddenly be destroyed, and shall no longer have any remedy.
6:16 Six things there are, which the Lord hateth, and the seventh his soul detesteth:
6:17 Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,
6:18 A heart that deviseth wicked plots, feet that are swift to run into mischief,
6:19 A deceitful witness that uttereth lies, and him that soweth discord among brethren.
6:20 My son, beep the commandments of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother.
6:21 Bind them in thy heart continually, and put them about thy neck.
6:22 When thou walkest, let them go with thee: when thou sleepest, let them keep thee; and when thou awakest, talk with them.
6:23 Because the commandment is a lamp, and the law a light, and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
6:24 That they may keep thee from the evil woman, and from the flattering tongue of the stranger.
6:25 Let not thy heart covet her beauty, be not caught with her winks:
6:26 For the price of a harlot is scarce one loaf: but the woman catcheth the precious soul of a man.
6:27 Can a man hide fire in his bosom, and his garments not burn?
6:28 Or can he walk upon hot coals, and his feet not be burnt?
6:29 So he that goeth in to his neighbour's wife, shall not be clean when he shall touch her.
6:30 The fault is not so great when a man hath stolen: for he stealeth to fill his hungry soul:
6:31 And if he be taken he shall restore sevenfold, and shall give up all the substance of his house.
6:32 But he that is an adulterer, for the folly of his heart shall destroy his own soul:
6:33 He gathereth to himself shame and dishonour, and his reproach shall not be blotted out:
6:34 Because the jealousy and rage of the husband will not spare in the day of revenge,
6:35 Nor will he yield to any man's prayers, nor will he accept for satisfaction ever so many gifts.
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