Warnings Against Foolish Acts
1My son, don’t promise to pay for what your neighbor owes.
Don’t agree to pay a stranger’s bill.
2Don’t be trapped by what you have said.
Don’t be caught by the words of your mouth.
3Instead, my son, do something to free yourself.
Don’t fall into your neighbor’s hands.
Go until you can’t go anymore.
Don’t let your neighbor rest.
4Don’t let your eyes go to sleep.
Don’t let your eyelids close.
5As a deer frees itself from a hunter, free yourself.
As a bird frees itself from a trapper, free yourself.
6You people who don’t want to work, think about the ant!
Consider its ways and be wise!
7It has no commander.
It has no leader or ruler.
8But it stores up its food in summer.
It gathers its food at harvest time.
9You lazy people, how long will you lie there?
When will you get up from your sleep?
10You might sleep a little or take a little nap.
You might even fold your hands and rest.
11Then you would be poor, as if someone had robbed you.
You would have little, as if someone had stolen from you.
12An evil troublemaker
goes around saying twisted things with his mouth.
13He winks with his eyes.
He makes signals with his feet.
He motions with his fingers.
14His plans are evil, and he has lies in his heart.
He is always stirring up fights.
15Trouble will catch up with him in an instant.
He will suddenly be destroyed, and nothing can save him.
16There are six things the Lord hates.
In fact, he hates seven things.
17The Lord hates proud eyes,
a lying tongue,
and hands that kill those who aren’t guilty.
18He also hates hearts that make evil plans
and feet that are quick to do evil.
19He hates any witness who pours out lies
and anyone who stirs up conflict in the community.
A Warning Against Committing Adultery
20My son, keep your father’s command.
Don’t turn away from your mother’s teaching.
21Always tie them on your heart.
Put them around your neck.
22When you walk, they will guide you.
When you sleep, they will watch over you.
When you wake up, they will speak to you.
23Your father’s command is like a lamp.
Your mother’s teaching is like a light.
And whatever instructs and corrects you
leads to life.
24It keeps you from your neighbor’s wife.
It keeps you from the smooth talk of a woman who commits adultery.
25Don’t hunger in your heart after her beauty.
Don’t let her eyes capture you.
26A prostitute can be bought for only a loaf of bread.
But another man’s wife hunts your very life.
27You can’t shovel fire into your lap
without burning your clothes.
28You can’t walk on hot coals
without burning your feet.
29It’s the same for anyone who has sex with another man’s wife.
Anyone who touches her will be punished.
30People don’t hate a thief who steals
to fill his empty stomach.
31But when he is caught, he must pay seven times as much as he stole.
It may even cost him everything he has.
32A man who commits adultery has no sense.
Anyone who does it destroys himself.
33He will be beaten up and dishonored.
His shame will never be wiped away.
34Jealousy stirs up a husband’s anger.
He will show no mercy when he gets even.
35He won’t accept any payment.
He won’t take any money, no matter how much he is offered.