1My son, if thou be surety for thy friend, if thou hast stricken thy hand with a stranger,2thou art snared with the words of thy mouth; thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.3Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, for thou hast fallen into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend.4Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.5Escape as a roe from the hand of the hunter and as a bird from the hand of the fowler.
6Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise,7Who having no guide, overseer, or ruler,8provides her food in the summer and gathers her food in the harvest.9How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?10Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:11So shall thy poverty come as one that travels and thy want as an armed man.
12A wicked man of Belial walks with a perverse mouth.13He winks with his eyes, he speaks with his feet, he teaches with his fingers;14there is perversion in his heart; he devises evil continually; he sows discord.15Therefore his calamity shall come suddenly; suddenly he shall be broken without remedy.16These six things does the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:17A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,18a heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that are swift in running to evil,19a false witness that speaks lies, and he that sows discord among brethren.
20My son, keep thy father’s commandment and forsake not the law of thy mother:21Bind them continually upon thine heart and tie them about thy neck.22When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.23For the commandment is fire, and the law is light; and reproofs of chastening are the way of life,24to keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman.25Lust not after her beauty in thine heart, neither let her take thee with her eyes.26For by means of a whorish woman a man is reduced to a piece of bread, and the woman will hunt the precious soul of the man.27Can a man take fire in his bosom and his clothes not be burned?28Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?29So is he that goes in to his neighbour’s wife; whosoever touches her shall not be innocent.30Men do not take a thief lightly, even if he steals to satisfy his soul when he is hungry;31and once he is taken, he shall restore sevenfold; he shall give all the substance of his house.32But whosoever commits adultery with a woman has a fault in his heart; he that does it corrupts his own soul.33A wound and dishonour shall he get, and his reproach shall never be wiped away.34For the jealous rage of a man will not spare in the day of vengeance.35He will not regard any ransom; neither will he want to forgive, though thou givest many bribes.