1My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor#6:1 Or friend
or entered into an agreement with#6:1 Lit or slapped hands for a stranger,#Pr 11:15; 17:18; 20:16; 22:26; 27:13
2you have been snared by the words of your mouth —
trapped by the words from your mouth.
3Do this, then, my son, and free yourself,
for you have put yourself in your neighbor’s power:
Go, humble yourself, and plead with your neighbor.
4Don’t give sleep to your eyes
or slumber to your eyelids.#Ps 132:4
5Escape like a gazelle from a hunter,#6:5 Lit hand
like a bird from a hunter’s trap.#6:5 Lit hand#Ps 91:3; 124:7
6Go to the ant,#Pr 30:24–25 you slacker!#Pr 10:26; 13:4; 20:4; 26:16
Observe its ways and become wise.
7Without leader, administrator, or ruler,
8it prepares its provisions in summer;
it gathers its food during harvest.#Pr 10:5; 30:25
9How long will you stay in bed, you slacker?
When will you get up from your sleep?
10A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the arms to rest,
11and your poverty will come like a robber,
your need, like a bandit.#Pr 20:13; 24:33–34; 26:14; Ec 4:5
The Malicious Man
12A worthless person,#1Sm 25:25; Pr 16:27; 19:28 a wicked man
goes around speaking dishonestly,#Pr 4:24
13winking#Ps 35:19; Pr 10:10; 16:30 his eyes, signaling with his feet,
and gesturing with his fingers.
14He always plots evil#Pr 3:29; Mc 2:1 with perversity in his heart;
he stirs up trouble.#Pr 6:19; 16:27–28; 28:25
15Therefore calamity will strike him suddenly;
he will be shattered instantly, beyond recovery.#2Ch 36:16; Pr 24:22; 29:1; Is 30:13–14; Jr 19:11
What the Lord Hates
16The Lord hates six things;
in fact, seven are detestable to him:
17arrogant eyes,#Ps 18:27; Pr 21:4; 30:13 a lying tongue,#Ps 31:18; 120:2; Pr 12:22; 17:7
hands that shed innocent blood,#Dt 19:10; Pr 1:16; Is 1:15; 59:7
18a heart that plots wicked schemes,#Gn 6:5
feet eager to run to evil,#Pr 1:16
19a lying witness who gives false testimony,#Ex 20:16; Ps 27:12; Pr 12:17; 14:5,25
and one who stirs up trouble among brothers.#Pr 6:14; 16:27–28; 28:25
Warning against Adultery
20My son, keep your father’s command,
and don’t reject your mother’s teaching.#Pr 1:8; 31:1
21Always bind them to your heart;
tie them around your neck.#Pr 1:9; 3:3; 7:3
22When you walk here and there, they will guide you;
when you lie down, they will watch over you;
when you wake up, they will talk to you.
23For a command is a lamp, teaching is a light,#Ps 119:105
and corrective discipline is the way to life.#Pr 3:1–2; 4:4; 7:2; 19:16
24They will protect you from an evil woman,#6:24 LXX reads from a married woman
from the flattering tongue of a wayward woman.#Pr 7:5
25Don’t lust in your heart for her beauty#Mt 5:28
or let her captivate you with her eyelashes.#Sg 4:9
26For a prostitute’s fee is only a loaf of bread,#6:26 Or On account of a prostitute, one is left with only a loaf of bread
but the wife of another man#6:26 Lit but a wife of a man goes after a precious life.#Pr 2:18–19; 7:21–23,27; 23:27–28; Ezk 13:18
27Can a man embrace fire
and his clothes not be burned?
28Can a man walk on burning coals
without scorching his feet?
29So it is with the one who sleeps with
another man’s wife;
no one who touches her will go unpunished.#Pr 16:5
30People don’t despise the thief if he steals
to satisfy himself when he is hungry.#Jr 49:9; Ob 5
31Still, if caught, he must pay seven times as much;#Ex 22:1–4; Ps 79:12
he must give up all the wealth in his house.
32The one who commits adultery#6:32 Lit commits adultery with a woman lacks sense;
whoever does so destroys himself.#Pr 7:22–23
33He will get a beating#6:33 Or plague and dishonor,
and his disgrace will never be removed.
34For jealousy enrages a husband,#Pr 27:4; Sg 8:6
and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge.
35He will not be appeased by anything
or be persuaded by lavish bribes.